Cita Stelzer, Aspen, CO

“Try them.  You’ll be hooked!”

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

During my yearly medical exam, I asked my doctor to repeat something she had said. I did this twice then she kindly recommended a hearing test. I didn’t know I was losing my hearing. Then test showed I had lost a good deal of my hearing. At Mayo, the hearing aid department staff recommended ReSound hearing aids. I LOVE them!

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

Start with a hearing test, either online or at your favorite hospital or doctor’s office. You can’t be sure you are losing hearing: losing it is very subtle. We blame others for not speaking clearly or loudly enough.

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

I had no concerns going in. Once they were in, I knew I could not live without them!

How have hearing aids changed your life? 

Hearing aids made friends conversation easier to hear, made classical music concerts more enjoyable and in talks or speeches, I don’t have to sit in the first row.

What would you tell someone who is considering hearing aids? 

Try them.  You’ll be hooked. 

Who is your hearing care professional?

Mayo Hospital, Scottsdale, AZ

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