“While in college I thought I was not hearing well. Audiologists did hearing tests then with tuning forks and would determine what frequencies were difficult and if you needed help. The conclusion was that many people like me could not hear and a good reason was that most speech was mumbled or too soft spoken or a hand covering the mouth of the speaker, and you just had to pay better attention to hear. Well, I believed them and it was always the fault of the speaker, the room, the distracting noise, but never me. I was wrong and only learned thirty years later. Finally you get pushed and find there is help and then you believe that purchasing aids will just transform your hearing. The visit to get tested and fitted and then another trip to get the aids delivered and adjusted and now the miracle of being able to hear begins. That’s why so many people have hearing aids sitting in a drawer instead of in their ears. You need to have an audiologist who is determined that your aids fit right, will help your hearing loss and are adjusted to the everyday sounds for your comfort. It takes time for you to discover that sound can be too loud as well as being indistinct. You also should be dedicated to making this work. After years of not being able to hear well any improvement will seem good. You don’t remember easy comfortable natural hearing because you haven’t had it for such a long a time. This is when you need your audiologist to put in the effort to get all that good hearing technology to work best for your ears and brain. That takes some time and knowledge. I wish the solution was easier but many people never do get to find the help that only can come from a dedicated audiologist.
Another big plus in this office is Dr. Marie Vetter. You are very aware of the culture within her walls that helps the hearing impaired patient improve and does not allow problems to stay unsolved.
After many years of hearing aid experience I have watched the hearing wounded get around eventually to searching for help. Not unusual to see that they often wind up in the wrong place and have a great deal of disappointment. Many months of frustration and sore ears along with that big expense and then the aids do not get used.
When you cannot see, people reach out to help you. When you don’t hear they become annoyed with you. You just don’t know what you do not hear. Your blaring T.V. makes relationships wear thin. When you cannot talk sense on a telephone or understand directions, lose your social contacts or avoid restaurants, you don’t need to let that happen. Usually hearing is just a choice of getting the right help and working with a good audiologist and it will improve.”