The last thing you want to think about is hearing loss, but you’ve been having a hard time following conversations, and the other day your spouse had to repeat themselves again. For active and young 60-year-olds, it’s hard to talk about hearing loss, or admit that your ears aren’t picking up sounds as well as they used to. The good news is that modern hearing aids can change your life.
John was in his late 50s when he started noticing the first signs of hearing loss. He’d spent most of his adult life on construction sites working around heavy machinery, so he was around noise all the time. This is probably what caused his hearing loss.
His hearing loss became more noticeable when he started asking his wife to repeat what she’d said in almost every conversation. John also had a harder time hearing the TV and talking on the phone. But he didn’t want to consider hearing aids. After all, he thought hearing aids were only for seniors, and he definitely wasn’t old.
Over the next couple years, John’s hearing loss slowly grew worse. He started ignoring the phone when it was ringing since he couldn’t hear clearly. His wife stopped watching TV with him and complained the volume was too loud. After he retired, John started spending more and more time at home. It was hard to enjoy social events when he couldn’t follow conversations, so he made up excuses to stay home. He felt embarrassed if he had to ask people to repeat themselves, and he didn’t want his wife to have to nudge him every time he said the wrong thing. Soon he started feeling isolated and alone.
It wasn’t until 4 years later that John realized what he was missing. He was in the backyard with his grandchildren when his granddaughter ran up to him and started telling him something. He could tell from her smile and her facial expression she was excited, but he just couldn’t understand what she was saying. The next day he made an appointment for a hearing test.
John didn’t want to think about hearing aids. After all, he was imagining they’d be clunky and large, and stick out behind the ear where everyone would see them. But when the hearing test showed he had moderate hearing loss, he decided it was time to look at hearing aids. What he saw surprised him!
Modern hearing aids are small and stylish, and they’re not an eyesore. Behind-the-Ear hearing aids are curved to match the ear, and they sit discreetly behind the ear. Some hearing aids are In-the-Ear or In-the-Canal, and these hearing aids are almost impossible to spot.
When John first tried on his new hearing aids, he was amazed at what he could hear. It took about a week to adjust to the new sounds, but after that he couldn’t imagine his life without hearing aids. He could follow conversations, and he stopped asking his wife to repeat herself. He enjoyed talking on the phone and he turned down the volume on the TV. He could even hear conversations when they went out for dinner with friends!
Not only that, but he could hear soft sounds he didn’t even know he was missing. He could hear the neighbor kids playing next door for the first time in years, and even hear the squeaking of the pantry door.
With his new hearing aids, John started spending more time out of the house. But almost no one noticed he was wearing hearing aids. His friends were glad he was being more social and they noticed he didn’t ask people to repeat themselves. But unless he pointed out his hearing aids, no one even seemed to realize he was wearing them.
Have you been putting off getting hearing aids? Do you think you don’t need hearing aids, or are you worried that hearing aids won’t look good? The best way to learn about your hearing health is by scheduling a hearing test. Find out what sounds you’re missing, then explore your hearing aid options. Our team of hearing health specialists will help you choose the right hearing aids to match your hearing needs and your life.