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  • #16
    Re: Can you hear me now?

    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.
    Joan

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    • #17
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      Originally posted by Kgrammiecaz View Post
      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!

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      • #18
        Re: Can you hear me now?

        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.
        Be who you are and say what you feel
        because those who mind don't matter,
        and those who matter don't mind. - Dr. Seuss

        http://www.toggpine.wordpress.com

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        • #19
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          Originally posted by Gina View Post
          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!
          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.
          Karen
          Life is short - live it up while you can

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          • #20
            Re: Can you hear me now?

            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.
            Goodbye Europe! Hello California! Home sweet home.

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            • #21
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              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...!
              sigpicwww.whisperofrose.blogspot.com


              Scottie Mom Barb

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              • #22
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                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.

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                • #23
                  Re: Can you hear me now?

                  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!
                  sigpicQuilter since 2013.

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                  • #24
                    Re: Can you hear me now?

                    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!

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                    • #25
                      Re: Can you hear me now?

                      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!!
                      sigpicMy friends hear the song in my heart, and sing it to me when my memory fails. 

                      Eileen

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                      • #26
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                        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.
                        "I'm putting together a list of 100 reasons why I am NOT relentless!" - Sue Heck, The Middle

                        Leonard: For God's sake, Sheldon, do I have to hold up a sarcasm sign every time I open my mouth?
                        Sheldon (intrigued): You have a sarcasm sign?

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                        • #27
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                          Karen, congrats....I know I won't be proud when I get to that point! I never want to miss anything

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