“If you think you have a hearing loss or if anyone you love tells you that you may, go see a hearing care professional. There is nothing to lose and a world to gain!”
How and when did you first realize you were experiencing hearing loss?
I was born with hearing loss, growing up, I was always told that hearing aids would damage my ears. I was told to wait until I absolutely needed them. So, I had been able to “get by” up until the last few years. I had noticed that I started to pull away from group gatherings, both in my personal and professional circles. It was becoming too hard to piece conversations together.
I am married, 17 years, to a wonderful woman and we have five children. I began to have trouble understanding general conversations with my children and it really bothered me. Regarding my hobbies, I am an avid hunter and I always use protection for my ears. I was having issues hearing the whispers with whomever I would be with, missing opportunities at whatever game we were trying for.
My wife finally convinced me that I really should consider seeing a specialist. She made the appointment and I met Rory Gamble of Norvell’s Hearing Aid Center. I was shocked to realize just how bad my hearing is. Rory informed me that my low frequencies are at a moderate loss and my high frequencies are severe.
After assessing me and all the activities in my day to day, he determined that the ReSound ONE 7 would be the best fit. I now can hear pronunciation of letters that I had not heard in years, complete words and faint sounds. A whole world seems to have new or forgotten sounds. At work, I can hear all conversations, take phone calls with new confidence. At home, I can understand my children, my wife! In groups, I can follow multiple conversations in a noisy room! Hunting, I am able to hear sounds of movement and locate the direction the sounds are coming from, where I had not been able to before. So, a lot has changed for me in the last few weeks and there is more yet to discover.
Based on your experience, do you have suggestions for others on how and where to start? Any other important things for them to consider?
If you think you have a hearing loss or if anyone you love tells you that you may, go see someone. There is nothing to lose and a world to gain!
What was your biggest concern about hearing aids? Did that turn out to be true?
As I had said before, I was told that hearing aids would further damage my hearing. I am amazed at how comfortable and natural my ReSound ONE hearing aids are. The output sounds natural and I have yet to feel that they are too loud or damaging in any way.
What would you tell someone who is considering hearing aids?
You have nothing to lose, but a world to gain.