These Better Hearing Journeys are success stories about regular people who have found greater quality of life through better hearing. Each person is unique, as are their lifestyle, needs, and challenges. We hope that these stories inspire you to start your journey to better hearing now!
Hearing aid user for 8 years
2 sets of hearing aids
- What were / are your hearing struggles and when were you first made aware of your hearing difficulties?
- Describe the hearing challenges that influenced you to look for a solution. Was there a specific event that motivated you to get your hearing tested?
- How long did it take you to book an appointment to get your hearing tested? Where did you go and why did youchoose that clinic?
- When you found out you had a hearing loss, what was your initial reaction/feeling associated with your hearing test results?
- After hearing aids were recommended to you, how long did it take you to get a set of hearing aids?
- After trying hearing aids, what were some challenges you experienced, and how did you manage them?
- How did you know the hearing aids you tried were right for you? How many follow up appointments did you have before you knew they were the right ones?
- The process of fitting and adapting to new hearing aids can be challenging. From the initial consultation to when you sign off on your trial period it can take from two months to a year, everyone is different.
Now that you have adapted to your hearing aids, what sounds and listening situations bring you joy? Is it birds singing? Children’s voices? Following the dialogue in a movie? Coffee with a friend? These are just some ideas for you to think about to help you pinpoint some of those sounds you hear now that you missed before you got your hearing aids.
I didn’t realize people were talking to me, or I’d have the TV turned up so loud it was blasting everyone else out. Also, I had trouble hearing clerks in stores talking to me, and it was hard to hear in restaurants especially if there was a lot of background noise.
I was frustrated, especially when I couldn’t hear people calling my name. Specifically, my “husband” would call from another room or level and get upset because I didn’t answer.
My family doctor sent me to see an ear, nose and throat specialist, Dr. Casey Manarey, who recommended Lori. I went from his office to hers and made an appointment right away
I wasn’t too surprised that I had one, but the degree of it surprised me. At that time, I only knew of one aunt in her late 80s who had some hearing problems, and I had not worked in a completely noise environment. My doctor thought one contributing factor could have been computer hum, as I was not the only one in our bank who ended up with a hearing problem. I am not sure whether this was really a factor.
I got hearing aids after I talked to my family and they all felt that it would help. They tell me that is still up for debate — when I am watching TV, I use an accessory that streams the audio directly into my hearing aids, but that also means I can’t hear my family!
Background noise is still a challenge, as is understanding what people are saying, especially if they have an accent. I just end up telling people I have a hearing problem.
It took several visits to get the right earmold to fit well, and Lori was always very patient and helpful. I’m on my second pair of hearing aids now, and I have a hand-held accessory I can plug into my TV so I can hear what I am watching better without disturbing everyone else.
I can now hear my grandsons singing, laughing, and even talking to me in a quiet voice when they want to tell me a secret, although that is still somewhat of a challenge when they talk too quietly. I can talk to family and friends even with a little bit of background noise, though a restaurant setting that has high noise volume is still challenging.