Michele Darley, Levittown, PA

“I researched hearing “amplifiers” which are more affordable but don’t work the same way the hearing aids do. Get the real thing, it’s worth it.”

How and when did you first realize you were experiencing hearing loss?

I’d been experiencing hearing loss for at least a year. I’d watch the news, but I’d only focus on the scroll at the bottom because I couldn’t hear the newscaster. I couldn’t hear what anyone was saying to me unless they were directly in front of me.

 Where did you first go for information or help? Why?

I looked online for symptoms of hearing loss, which I had. I then went for an “informal” (not soundproof) hearing test, which came back that I had moderate hearing loss. I then went to an audiologist who also came back with the same results.

 Based on your experience, do you have suggestions for others on how and where to start? Any other important things for them to consider?

If you think you’re having hearing problems, get your hearing tested. I also had researched hearing “amplifiers” which are more affordable but don’t work the same way the hearing aids do. Get the real thing, it’s worth it.

What was your biggest concern about hearing aids? Did that turn out to be true?

My biggest concern was that they’d be obvious and/or uncomfortable. Neither of those things are true.

 How have hearing aids changed your life? How do they help you at your job, in your hobbies or at volunteer activities?

Hearing aids have changed my life in so many ways. I can watch TV at a normal volume and hear what the people are saying! I don’t say “what” 50 times per conversation. I’m not isolating myself for fear of not being able to have conversations with people. I feel overall more confident about myself.

 What would you tell someone who is considering hearing aids?

GET THEM! When you have hearing loss it’s almost like you’re in a bubble by yourself. Getting hearing aids lets you go back out into the world.

Which hearing aid do you currently have?

ReSound LiNX 3D

Who is your hearing care professional?

Justin Haworth at North Jersey Hearing Aid Center

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