Mary Beth B. on Citysearch
3 years ago
10/10/2016, 05:03 AM
To anyone reading this who may be thinking about getting hearing aids I want to say; if youÃ¢??re wondering if you need them it probably means that you do. You already know that youÃ¢??re missing things in conversation. Maybe youÃ¢??re asking people to repeat themselves, your family is complaining about the high volume on the television, or youÃ¢??ve been using closed captioning to help you follow the shows.
You wonÃ¢??t realize how life changing these devices are until youÃ¢??ve been fitted. On the first day I walked out of Summit Hearing with my new devices I felt that it was a different world than the one IÃ¢??d been in 45 minutes before. There is so much happening in the world and you DESERVE to be a part of it.
On that first day I had a conversation with my son without asking him to repeat himself over and over. I heard the outdoor wind chimes from inside my kitchen. There was a strange sound I couldnÃ¢??t identify and found it was my puppy drinking from her water dish. Best of all I could enjoy friends and family again without feeling that I was missing half of what was taking place at every event. I can go for walks and not be afraid that I wonÃ¢??t hear cars approaching.
People will try to talk you out of the expense by pointing out the commercials for inexpensive devices that merely amplify sound. DonÃ¢??t be fooled! You need the professional tests to determine exactly what your loss is and in what range. You need to be educated on what device is best for you and you need to choose the one that works for your lifestyle. My hearing aids automatically muffle sound if it suddenly reaches a certain decibel, thus protecting the hearing that I do have rather than further damaging it. The device picks up sounds in the higher ranges where I have hearing loss and still allows me to hear the lower ranges naturally. These are all features that will allow me to protect the hearing that I do have while still compensating for my loss.
Additionally, and most importantly, at Summit Hearing there is a staff of caring professionals who are courteous, patient and helpful, no matter how often I have a question or request an adjustment.
Lastly, if you are in the process of getting devices be sure to GIVE THEM A CHANCE. ItÃ¢??s not the same as having your hearing magically restored. You will experience occlusion. You will have to adjust to caring for them, to hearing things differently. The first time you eat chips will feel like a party inside your head, but remember that this is the new normal and you WILL become accustomed to the changes. YouÃ¢??ll learn to modulate your voice as youÃ¢??ve probably been speaking in a louder voice than you realize. All of these things will become far less dramatic each day.! Power through those first few days and you will be amazed at how your life changes.
I could go on and on for pages but let me just sayÃ¢?Â¦.there is SO MUCH that you are missing and you wonÃ¢??t know just HOW much until you recover that part of your life.