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Kgrammiecaz
February 12th, 2015, 12:46 AM
Because I can finally hear you. Yes, I got my hearing aids today. Did you know pins are noisy. Fabric actually makes a noise when you move it around. And, wow, my sewing machine actually sounds like it is working. And the iron hisses.

But ugh, the sound of the car tires against the road. The clicking of the keyboard all day. The ticking of the clock over my head. And, dang paper is noisy.

It is amazing what you miss when you cannot hear. I have not said "what" all day. I thought my bipap was a great change in my life, but this 3700 dollars was well spent and the best thing I have ever done for myself.

I have always had a great respect for those with hearing loss and difficulty hearing, but my respect has tripled if thats even possible.

Thanks for listening.

Grandma Nan
February 12th, 2015, 12:55 AM
Karen, so glad you are happy with your hearing aids. It made the world of difference for my dad.

Terry L
February 12th, 2015, 12:58 AM
Isn't life wonderful that technology give you back what most of us take for granted. Now, not only can you enjoy the feel of fabric but now listen to the sound of fabric. Happy Quilting :)

Claire OneStitchAtATime
February 12th, 2015, 12:59 AM
Yay, Karen. Can you talk my husband into it, please?

Doloris
February 12th, 2015, 12:59 AM
When my DH got his hearing aids a couple years ago it was like a miracle. We had gotten a new car and he thought there was no chime when you left the keys in. The doors lock after you get going and he actually jumped when they locked.
There were many things that amazed him.
Another friend told me she likes to sit in the morning and just listen to the birds sing. I had my hearing checked when DH did and mine is good so it sometimes hard to understand that you couldn't hear all those things we take for granted because we can hear well.

bscuzz
February 12th, 2015, 01:10 AM
Karen, you make me smile! When you begin loosing hearing it's usually very gradual and takes quite awhile to be aware of. For me, my right ear was affected first . . . and I was shocked to discover it when someone whispered in my right ear - - and I couldn't hear it!!
That was quite a while back . . first I got a hearing aid for my right ear only . . . which helped somewhat.

But about 5 years ago I found an audiologist whose advice changed my hearing world - she recommended state-of-the-art HA's, for BOTH ears (very pricey, but measured against the value of hearing, no contest). My first 'full' hearing experience was 'birds chirping' - it was heaven! But, as you say, going from poor hearing to very good hearing can be somewhat overpowering - occasionally I'd put them in the box just to give my ears a rest! But, no longer - poor hearing can be devastating and change your life in a negative way - it's just not right that anyone with hearing loss would not have hearing aids!! Congrats on your new 'ears'!!

Gina
February 12th, 2015, 01:13 AM
Congratulations! It is amazing what all you miss going on around you all day when you have hearing loss! My hubby and I took the plunge and bought my hearing aids about 6 months ago. I had been putting it off for a long, long time because of the cost. I enjoy life so much more now that I can hear!

Carrie J
February 12th, 2015, 01:17 AM
Karen, smiling hugely here for you! :D Congratulations!!

I seriously wish my Hubs would get some, ..................you can take a horse to water, but.........

bubba
February 12th, 2015, 01:28 AM
I'm so happy for you!!!

Our youngest daughter and her middle daughter both have a congenital hearing problem that will lead to deafness. Tiffany is about 70% deaf and Mel is probably about 50%. Tiffany got hearing aids several years ago, but all the noise gave her constant headaches and she never wears them and you can't convince her to, no matter what. I don't even know if she knows where they even are!!

Midge
February 12th, 2015, 01:45 AM
Congratulations on your wider world. I'm so glad this is working out for you. Enjoy your new "sense".

Kgrammiecaz
February 12th, 2015, 01:55 AM
I'm so happy for you!!!

Our youngest daughter and her middle daughter both have a congenital hearing problem that will lead to deafness. Tiffany is about 70% deaf and Mel is probably about 50%. Tiffany got hearing aids several years ago, but all the noise gave her constant headaches and she never wears them and you can't convince her to, no matter what. I don't even know if she knows where they even are!!

That has got to be tough on both of them. Tiffany should bug the audiologist until they get it perfect for her. She may need them to start out real low. Of course being this new to me, I have only learned a little about them. They started mine lower, and over the first couple months raise them as needed or not if they work well at a certain level. I sure would not eant to deal with headaches. Hopefully someday she will want to try again.

Kgrammiecaz
February 12th, 2015, 01:56 AM
Congratulations! It is amazing what all you miss going on around you all day when you have hearing loss! My hubby and I took the plunge and bought my hearing aids about 6 months ago. I had been putting it off for a long, long time because of the cost. I enjoy life so much more now that I can hear!


Took me three years to finally decide to get them. I was so tired of saying what to everyone. I had started pretending to hear things, thats when I knew I had to get them.

Kgrammiecaz
February 12th, 2015, 01:59 AM
Yay, Karen. Can you talk my husband into it, please?


It took us forever to get my dad to try them. He got them and now will not wear them. Men, just dont want to give in to the fact they cannot hear well enough. I think it is making my mom not wear hers because he has everything so loud, her hearing aids in just makes it louder. I will be up there end of this month and will have a better understanding to argue the point withh him. Wish me luck and I of course and already sending some luck to you.

bubba
February 12th, 2015, 02:12 AM
I'm sure MM needs them! When Tiffany was little she would read lips....I can't tell if she still does or not.

K. McEuen
February 12th, 2015, 02:32 AM
My dad wore his for most things but always turned them off when the house was full of people. All the extra noise just drove him nuts.

stationarymom
February 12th, 2015, 02:54 AM
I remember when my father invested in his first set of digital hearing aids he came in and asked me if I knew that a leaf crunches when you step on it.It was really nice to see him participate in conversations,but it wasn't so nice when he got to come home from work and shut all the chaos of kids out by turning off his ears.

Gina
February 12th, 2015, 03:08 AM
Took me three years to finally decide to get them. I was so tired of saying what to everyone. I had started pretending to hear things, thats when I knew I had to get them.

I started having hearing loss when I was about 26. Every doctor I saw had a different opinion as to why I was losing my hearing at such a young age, none were 100% sure. They did however all agree that hearing aids was my only option. At first I just wouldn't except it. I thought people would make fun of me for having to wear them. So I wouldn't even discuss the issue. As the years went by I caught myself starting to read lips. It got so bad that if they were not looking at me I couldn't have a decent conversation with them. That resulted with me withdrawing from conversations at all. Especially to people I didn't know. Finally went to beltone about four years ago when they were having a free trial period for a week. I was amazed at how we'll could hear with them. Then when I returned them she told me they cost $8000.00 and with Bluetooth it would be $8500.00! Like most people hubby and I didn't have that kind of money just laying around. So I put it off again...I went back last year and bought a set at $4200.00. It is by far the best purchase I have ever made! I heard birds sing for the first time in 10 years! I can actually have a conversation without reading lips or asking someone to repeat themselves over and over again! :D

toggpine
February 12th, 2015, 03:37 AM
Congratulations! Enjoy your new sounds!

My daughter received her first pair by 6 months old. Her second pair came in Kindergarten. They are sound compression HA's Instead of just making everything louder (yelling louder at a brick wall isn't going to help), they bring the sounds she can't hear to a lower pitch. Within two weeks al of her speech therapists had noticed a huge difference in what she was hearing and how she was reproducing some of the sounds. They looked at cochlear implants, but they only work if the nerve is undamaged. Hers is related to nerve damage, so those are a no go.
She is to the point where she wants to have them in. No complaints here! I have heard horror stories about kids destroying them.
Sometimes she will take them out if we are someplace with lots of people or noise. I can't blame her for that.

Kgrammiecaz
February 12th, 2015, 03:48 AM
I started having hearing loss when I was about 26. Every doctor I saw had a different opinion as to why I was losing my hearing at such a young age, none were 100% sure. They did however all agree that hearing aids was my only option. At first I just wouldn't except it. I thought people would make fun of me for having to wear them. So I wouldn't even discuss the issue. As the years went by I caught myself starting to read lips. It got so bad that if they were not looking at me I couldn't have a decent conversation with them. That resulted with me withdrawing from conversations at all. Especially to people I didn't know. Finally went to beltone about four years ago when they were having a free trial period for a week. I was amazed at how we'll could hear with them. Then when I returned them she told me they cost $8000.00 and with Bluetooth it would be $8500.00! Like most people hubby and I didn't have that kind of money just laying around. So I put it off again...I went back last year and bought a set at $4200.00. It is by far the best purchase I have ever made! I heard birds sing for the first time in 10 years! I can actually have a conversation without reading lips or asking someone to repeat themselves over and over again! :D

I purchased the blue tooth for another 175. Thos way I,can talk on my phone or listen to my ipad right through to the hearing aids. I had difficulty today hearing people on my cell, but it seems that may be a,short lived problem. Once I am good with my surrounding sounds and they filter to the background, I should hear on the cell phone with no problem. I hope so. I have been trying to go hands free for a long time. In fact I just purchased an expensive hands free head set, about 50 dollars. Hoping I can sell to one of my daughters coworkers (nurse) they use them for work and personal.

rebeccas-sewing
February 12th, 2015, 07:06 AM
My mom had hearing loss from a childhood illness. She spent most of her life not hearing clearly until a specialist told her he could close up the holes in her eardrums. It was quite a shock to her, after the surgery, to hear so clearly. It took a while for her to get used to how loud everything sounded. Unfortunately, the surgery worked for a while but eventually they opened up again. I felt so sad for her especially since she not only couldn't hear well but had also lost a lot of her vision from untreated glaucoma. I'm so happy for you and yet at the same time I feel tears coming remembering what Mom went through during the last twenty years of her life. By the way, you will get adjusted to all the sounds. Mom finally did. Thank goodness for scientists and engineers who come up with these wonderful products to improve the quality of our lives.

Bubby
February 12th, 2015, 07:23 AM
Congratulations on your hearing aids and being able to enjoy more of your life. It would be nice to have the option of turning off the noise from time to time...!

Carol336
February 12th, 2015, 09:36 AM
Congratulations....isn't it wonderful to finally hear. Like most people, I put off getting mine for many years. Finally took the plunge about 8 years ago with those big in the ear things. I hated the feeling of plugged up ears but was so happy to hear I lived with it. Then I had a problem with them and they had to be sent back to the factory for repair. I was given a loaner pair that went behind the ear with a little tube coming around and going in the ear.....after one day I was upgrading......you don't even know you have them on.

Amy R
February 12th, 2015, 10:17 AM
Congratulations and welcome back to the world of sounds!!! Although sometimes it's not so great. LOL
Enjoy the fuller experience of sewing and quilting!

WendyI
February 12th, 2015, 10:52 AM
That was so cool to read! You don't realize what you're missing sometimes I guess. So neat to hear you experiencing sounds again! Congrats!

irishrn
February 12th, 2015, 08:10 PM
How wonderful that your hearing has returned with the new hearing aids!
My DH still refuses to consider them, despite the fact that his hearing has been extremely poor for many years. I am constantly repeating myself, or saying " so that's what you think I said???" OR his favorite, " you never told me that!!!
But he is approaching his 84 th birthday next month and he is now in a position where his driving is quite suspect and I don't think he should be driving. But he is not accepting my assessment because he hears just fine! I do all the driving when we are together but that often results in a "discussion" of why I'm taking this road??? He doesn't go that way!
It's ashame I don't drink!!

pcbatiks
February 12th, 2015, 09:00 PM
So happy for you! Your story reminds me of my cousin. She got a cochlear implant a few years ago & was in tears of happiness over the things she could hear. She was excited to find out the paper covering on straws made noise. :)

Congrats and enjoy.

Eriepatch
February 12th, 2015, 09:54 PM
Karen, congrats....I know I won't be proud when I get to that point! I never want to miss anything :)