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Old 11-19-2019, 01:56 PM
 
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I can hear! I can hear! I got loaner hearing aids this morning and will get mine in a week. Not perfect, but HUGE improvement. Iím excited beyond words.

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*I know many of you recommended Costco, but I went with Kaiser and they paid 20%.
*Although Iím mostly deaf in 1 ear, I wear an aid on that ear and it sends sounds from that side to the aid on the ďgoodĒ ear.
*I think I still need closed captioning on British shows.
*Iím not yet adept at putting them in. But I have faith from contact lens experience that Iíll get the hang of it.
*Far from perfect, but I noticed the minute I began walking that my balance is improved (the audiologist predicted that).
*No more ear buds, my book played from my phone to my aids. And I can hear background noises AND my book at the same time.

Not perfect, but a whole new world for me. Soooooooo happy!


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That’s wonderful, amiga! Great for your balance issues and certainly being able to hear what is going on around you. Safety issue.

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Life is good!
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Congratulations! So happy for you.
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How wonderful!
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That's marvelous news!
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Welcome once more to the wonderful world of sound! I can "hear" the happiness in your written words. And now to have better balance, too! Win, win!


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Not only balance...
Old 11-19-2019, 04:37 PM
 
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My husband has been wearing hearing aids for 9 years. When we first went to the audiologist he stated that lack of hearing also adversely affect language. As humans we need to hear as we constantly fine-tune our spoken language, and when we donít hear affectively, we start to lose spoken language beginning in subtle ways. Iím glad you are happy with your pair- appropriate hearing aids are as individual as the person wearing them.
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Yaayy! That's so great to hear.
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Great News!
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What a blessing!
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Yay!
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That's great that you got hearing aids. My life got so much better when I started using them three years ago.
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I'm happy for you, Amiga It's inspiring to read about how you continue to do things to make your life better.


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Old 11-20-2019, 06:52 AM
 
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So happy for you!
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That is great.
Look forward to more energy too. I never realized how tired I was getting trying to understand what people were saying until I got my hearing aides. Talking to people is not exhausting for me anymore.
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Old 11-20-2019, 04:00 PM
 
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Wonderful news. So happy for you.
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Old 11-21-2019, 06:18 AM
 
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I can imagine how good it would feel to have good hearing. I will be there soon. I was wondering what style of hearing aids work for you. I have seen ones that fit in the ear - some are bigger and others can't be seen. Then I've seen the ones that fit behind the ear with a wire going into the ear. My SIL has ones that are tiny and fit in the ear, but has a little antenna sticking out of ear. Does it all depend on the price you can pay, or does it depend on your own hearing??? Thanks!
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Old 11-21-2019, 06:46 AM
 
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read2books, I went with the kind the audiologist recommended for my kind of hearing loss. The only option I chose was rechargeable (over battery). Even though they have a behind the ear component, it is very tiny (smaller than the picture) and none of my friends could see it until I showed it to them. I couldnít be happier.
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Old 11-21-2019, 07:19 AM
 
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So happy for you! The world is a glorious place both visually and auditorily. Yay!
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Old 11-21-2019, 11:08 AM
 
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Thanks, Amiga!
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Old 11-22-2019, 05:18 AM
 
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So happy for you! And thank you for sharing about the size and visibility- I'm going to show dh - it might be the encouragement he needs to look into this.
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I started wearing a hearing aid maybe
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13 years ago. I have a genetic hearing defect called otosclorosis, which means the stapes bone (the one in the middle) hardened. It can be replaced with a prosthetic, but I am too chicken to have the surgery. I have a 50% loss in one ear. The way I became aware of the hearing loss what when I would think students were talking "over there" and it turns out they were on the opposite side of the room. Also when my phone would ring, I would go in the opposite direction from where it was to find it.

When I first got it, I was startled by things like the sound of birds singing or paper rustling, sounds that I was no longer hearing, but did not notice.

I do not wear it every day, but if I am going to be in a crowd or a noisy restaurant, I will wear it. I notice the difference as soon as I put it on.

One of the interesting aspects of a hearing loss is that sometimes, even without the hearing aid, noise seems way too loud for me. I am constantly asking my sweetie to turn the TV down.

If I sleep on my good ear, I hear NOTHING. Sweetie has to wake me up to let the cat out if he is meowing outside the bedroom door. . Glad you were able to get an aid that works for you. So many hearing losses are not successfully corrected by hearing aids.
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