Well, it must five or six years before I finally acknowledged the need to some assistance with my failing hearing. The family had lived with the frustration of a loud TV and Radio programs, bellowing throughout the house along with front door remaining unanswered and phone calls missed. At work meetings became more problematic and social events near impossible. I was to begin withdrawing from both activities.
This was also compounded by the fact that people generally where not sympathetic to people with a hearing lost. Somehow it is OK to make jokes about the disability or for them to suggest you might have a learning difficulty.
My journey was to be a long one! First was coming to terms with the impairment, was the first step. Then I undertook surgery and placed my hopes on T-tubes and Grommets. While they provided some help in the end they proved inadequate.
For a while I chose to do nothing more about my situation, I hoped that somehow my hearing defect would improve on its own accord! I was again in denial.
Finally, I took the step towards a solution. I now have two hearing aids (Phonak Audeo Q 90) although not cheap they have brought me back into participating fully, in both my social world and in my work and that’s worth a lot.
It’s taken me a while to learn how to get the best out of them. Although they make automatic adjustments and carry high tech blue tooth control, I still feel need to check volumes with the family. I am grateful for the assistance provided by my family and the audiologist. Now my only problem is finding them in the mornings! Must go, someone’s at the door!
Mike E., Otley, West Yorkshire