Andy Upchurch, Smyrna, TN

“Keep an open mind and be willing to accept help.”

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

My family and friends would have to repeat themselves oftentimes and then my wife said I should get my hearing checked because I was not hearing her clearly. I finally made the appointment and discovered I had mild to moderate loss. I work in audio and music production and my hearing is part of my livelihood and to admit my hearing loss was significant enough to merit getting help was hard.

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

Keep an open mind and be willing to accept help. It starts with a hearing test which is super easy. Then the hard part – picking out a product that works best for budget and features. And remembering it takes time to readjust to hearing things you’ve been missing.

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

The big concern was comfort and usability. While they take time to get used to, I think it’s worth it. The impact is I can hear better and not having to have people repeat themselves.

What would you tell someone who is considering hearing aids?

You would get glasses if your vision was blurry. Same thing, different sense.

What best describes your experience level with hearing aids?

New to them (under a year).

What level of hearing loss do you have?

Moderate.

Which ReSound Hearing Aid(s) do you have?

ReSound LiNX Quattro

Who is your hearing care professional?
Hearing Solutions of Middle Tennessee

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