How and when did you first realize you were experiencing hearing loss?
When I was in 3rd grade, I was told that I needed to get tested every year for my hearing (while the other kids could skip every other year). In that moment, I realized I had trouble hearing teachers at times. This wasn’t a surprise as hearing loss is hereditary in my family – on my father’s side.
Where did you first go for information or help? Why?
In my early 30s, I was getting concerned that my hearing loss may impact my work performance. So, I met with an audiologist again and got tested. The results revealed my hearing had gotten worse. So, I finally got my first pair of hearings aids.
Based on your experience, do you have suggestions for others on how and where to start? Any other important things for them to consider?
Find a reputable hearing center or audiologist to meet with at first. It’s also helpful to research hearing aids on your own so you’re informed on what options exist beyond what an audiologist tells you.
What was your biggest concern about hearing aids? Did that turn out to be true?
My biggest concern is that they would be more confusing or harder to hear with in some cases. And yes, that is what happened in my 30s. The sound around me was mostly amplified, so I hardly wore them. Plus, I don’t think the receiver was in my ear. The sound quality wasn’t great.
How have hearing aids changed your life? How do they help you at your job, in your hobbies or at volunteer activities?
They are most helpful in my job where I’m a life and career coach. So, it’s important I can hear my clients and be focused on them. It can be awkward if I had to keep asking them to repeat themselves when they’re sharing such sensitive information.
What would you tell someone who is considering hearing aids?
I’d recommend testing them out. And, to give yourself time to get used to them as your brain hasn’t heard certain sounds ever or in a long time. To me, this is the most important piece of advice I’d give anyone looking for a better hearing experience.
Which ReSound Hearing Aid(s) do you have?
ReSound LiNX Quattro