Kenneth Cotton, Hillsboro, ND

“To some people the visual appearance of wearing a hearing aid may be a concern. Not so for myself because the ability to hear outweighs any cosmetic appearance of hearing aids.”

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

I first experienced hearing loss at age 17 when I signed up for Selective Service and failed the hearing test. I did not realize I was not communicating effectively at that time. Looking back, I know hearing loss affected my learning in school.

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

I was first seen by an Audiologist in Fargo, North Dakota who set me up with a hearing aid sales person who come to my home to make the molds.

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

Seek a reputable Audiologist. Get a plan and follow through!

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

Cost was a big concern. Other than that, I was open to try whatever was available. To some people the visual appearance of wearing a hearing aid may be a concern. Not so for myself because the ability to hear outweighs any cosmetic appearance of hearing aids.

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

I am very dependent on hearing aids. My ability to function at work, with family, and in public is next to impossible without hearing aids. When I take my hearing aids out at night, it is the same thing as turning the TV remote off.

What would you tell someone who is considering hearing aids?

Don’t wait. You will only realize how much you were missing in life when you get hearing aids.

Who is your hearing care professional?

Rose Brakke, AuD at Heartland Hearing Professionals.

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