Christine Fuller, Greencastle, PA

“My hearing aid and Cochlear implant have opened up my world to so many amazing sounds!”

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

I am a Disabled Veteran having served in the United States Air Force. My hearing loss began by way of my service to this country. I avoided getting hearing aids for years! It was just easier to blame others for mumbling.

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

I first saw an ENT Doctor, hoping I simply had an ear problem that could easily be fixed.

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

Don’t wait! I did not realize how much I was missing! I now have a N6 Cochlear implant in my right ear and a ReSound hearing aid in my left year. It’s a very loud world and I’m so glad I can hear it!

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

My biggest concern was how I would be seen. I’m a Registered Nurse, I worried that patients would think I was less of a nurse. Not only did it not turn out to be true, but many patients move forward and had their hearing tested!

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

My hearing aid and Cochlear implant have opened up my world to so many amazing sounds! I can hear my patients so much better!

What would you tell someone who is considering hearing aids? Just do it! Hearing aids are such an amazing piece of technology.

Who is your hearing care professional?

Barry L. Deese, AuD with Summit ENT and Hearing Services

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