“I no longer have to ask people to repeat themselves, and restaurant situations have improved tremendously.”
How and when did you first realize you were experiencing hearing loss?
Hearing in my left ear was drastically being diminished. I was losing word recognition and thinking my wife was saying one word when she was saying a similar sounding word. I was saying “what” a lot more to my friends and neighbors.
Where did you first go for information or help? Why?
I went to one local hearing care professional who couldn’t diagnose my problem. After seeking out other hearing care professionals I was properly diagnosed.
Based on your experience, do you have suggestions for others on how and where to start? Any other important things for them to consider?
Yes, you can begin by visiting your local hearing care professional. A simple hearing test can determine whether your hearing loss is due to nerve loss or a skeletal defect.
What was your biggest concern about hearing aids? Did that turn out to be true?
That they would not work for my hearing loss. My fears were fortunately unfounded.
How have hearing aids changed your life? How do they help you at your job, in your hobbies or at volunteer activities?
They have allowed me to regain important word recognition. I no longer have to ask people to repeat themselves, and restaurant situations have improved tremendously.
What would you tell someone who is considering hearing aids?
Seek out your local hearing care professional. I would avoid big box stores. Get a hearing test to determine the extent of your loss. Make sure you have at least a 30-day refund or return policy.
Which hearing aid do you currently have?
Who is your hearing care professional?