Friday, January 29, 2016

Wearing a Hearing Aid Does Not Mean…

After living 50+ years with hearing issues, and the “good” ear declining rapidly the last five years, our health insurance finally paid off and I was able to get a hearing aid. I’ve had it now since June 2015. However, let me explain, wearing a hearing aid does not mean I hear 100%. Given the left ear is basically dead in the water, the hearing aid only services 50% of my hearing in the first place! THEN, when my back is to you, and your back is to me, and you start talking, PLEASE excuse me if I ask you to repeat!

Even if we’re both facing one another,

When I ask, “What did you say?”

Please, do not ask, “Do you have your ear in?”

Wearing a hearing aid does not mean one can hear perfectly.

For me, it has been a life changing event.

I’m still working on learning how to hear.

Sometimes it makes me so nervous because I want to hear perfectly… especially when I’m in a room with poor acoustics like a few weeks ago…

I gave a presentation ~ History of Quilting ~ before a group of ladies. It was in a large high ceiling carpeted room. Once my part of the presentation was over, it was a show and tell time. The ladies would tell the story about the quilt they brought, as Jeanie and I held it up for all to see. I was standing on the stage, Jeanie on the floor level. I would hear someone talking, but I, for the longest time, couldn’t tell where it was coming from, who was sharing their story!

It’s me, too, learning what wearing a hearing does not mean…

I’m trying…


  1. I can tell you learning to hear! It's work. You are doing great...keep it up!

    1. Thank you!
      It's been amazing what I can hear! For example, birds I didn't know where out there!

  2. Thanks so much for sharing this. My grandmother is hard of hearing and I guess I assumed quite a bit about what a hearing aid does and how it works. This has really helped me to understand what it might be like to wear one. I will need to ask her about it to be sure though. Thanks for sharing.

    Ruby Goodman @ Centre Audiology

    1. I'm thrilled you found this post informative, Ruby! Thank you for leaving a comment. It was difficult for me to share this insider's perspective, but I'm glad I did for folks like you!


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