I first noticed that I had problems with my hearing about ten years ago. It wasn’t until I started getting pressure from my family that I decided that it was time to come and get my hearing checked. Actually I think I came here because I was referred to Advanced Hearing through my work with the Government. It was then confirmed that I was actually Deaf or didn’t hear very well. I am thankful my wife and kids made me do something about my hearing.
It was just fantastic the difference hearing aids made. I remember when we first decided to give them a go and I put them in, I could not believe actually how much I could not hear prior to being fitted with them. I loved it.
I had a couple of weeks demo aid trial. This was a really good thing to do. I think I still would have got aids but they do cost money and it was nice to be really sure about the decision I was making. The Demo Aid Trial makes a lot of sense to get an idea of what you really want to do (to spend that money).
Even though I find it difficult to hear in crowds and aids are not perfect for every situation, talking one on one and everyday things like listening to the radio and watching TV that you do most of the time, the aids are brilliant for.
There is a massive difference.
With my work at school, once again I still have to manipulate the situation, but I have noticed this last week not having the aids that even if I get one on one I still can’t hear them properly. If I have my aids in, I can definitely hear the children perfectly one on one.
My peers have been very interested in my hearing aids and people have in fact be quite curious has to how I came about getting my aids and there has been no stigma at all.
Do not wait until you are in your forties or fifties to do something about your hearing. It is just brilliant.