Posted on Friday, April 06, 2012

My First Day with Hearing Aids

Man in red convertible throws up his hands, feeling free of hearing loss.

Helen Keller once said, "The problems of deafness are deeper and more complex [than blindness]…it means the loss of the most vital stimulus--the sound of the voice that brings language, sets thoughts astir, and keeps us in the intellectual company of man." The separation those with hearing loss experience from the outside world increases stress, depression, and can have a profound impact on the way the mind works. It is no surprise then that people fitted with hearing aids often experience great relief and joy. Such was the case with David Hill, who wrote his audiologist at Audiology Experts to describe his amazing experiences on his first day with hearing aids.

Working with an audiologist is key to ensure an individual has their hearing aids set to their preferences.

The day you fit my hearing aids on was one I'll never forget. It was early in the afternoon. I hadn't expected any big changes on my first day with my new hearing aids, but upon leaving the office I noticed the chirps of birds and the whoosh of traffic from a nearby street. I walked to the parking lot feeling as if I had awoken from a long muffled dream.

People often don't realize the wonderful array of sounds that are missing from their lives until they reconnect with life through the use of hearing aids.

I was scheduled to attend a club meeting later in the evening, so I had several hours to kill. I stopped by a tool store to browse for a while. I was able to hear other customers clearly in the aisle one over from where I was shopping. A clerk asked if I needed any help in finding anything and the conversation was free and easy. I was able to get help finding a tool that I had been previously frustrated trying to find on my own.

Individuals with hearing loss often become exhausted accomplishing small tasks that require them to try and communicate with others.

It was almost time to head to the club meeting. I stopped by a friend's house, since we were planning to carpool. He was washing his car when I arrived, and I was able to carry on a conversation with him from the sidewalk 30 or 40 feet away. It was only my first day with hearing aids, but already I was feeling like a new man!

That night, we had a catered dinner before the meeting. Usually these kinds of things are a bit stressful, as I often miss what is being said. We were seated at large round tables that could seat 8 or 10 people, and I was a little worried as it was still my first day with hearing aids. The speaker for the evening was seated across from me, and to my surprise and delight I was able to hear him easily. I made eye contact with him and began to ask him questions. I had a very interesting discussion with him. I would have never done that before hearing aids!

Communication is an essential human need, but it also provides stimulation to parts of the brain that can atrophy without auditory signals.

One last thing, I wanted to tell you, I have taught at a local community college for about 20 years. Over the last few years, I have had to ask my students to repeat themselves more and more often. When a student is asked to respond to a question and they are asked to repeat their answer, they think maybe they are wrong. After a while, the students are reluctant to respond at all. After the first day you fit me with hearing aids, I could hear my students more easily, and they now feel freer to respond. The atmosphere in the classroom has improved and everyone is happier!

Thank you, Mr. Hill, for sharing this wonderful and inspiring hearing health story. It is the hope of People Hearing Better that your success will encourage someone else with hearing loss to make an appointment with their audiologist and reconnect with their world today!

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*Patient testimonials may have been edited for ease of reading.

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