I got hearing aids yesterday!
How bizarre is that?? I’ve always had hearing issues ever since I was a little girl, but I didn’t know for sure if it was an actual problem or if I was making it all up in my head.
Then I got a hearing test done at Costco when I was 21 or 22. At first, the man performing the test was fairly skeptical. He informed me that many 20somethings came in complaining of hearing loss because they couldn’t hear their friends when they were out and about in loud places. Needless to say, that made me more worried that ever that I was making it all up.
BUT I actually DID have hearing loss, mild to moderate and in a couple places moderate to severe! What a relief!
It isn’t usual to be excited and thrilled about a disability of this type. But I’ve gone my whole life feeling like I was telling some sort of lie about it all. I was practically bouncing off the walls when I found out I was truly, genuinely hard of hearing.
Then a few weeks ago Micah, my darling husband, arranged for us to go to a local audiologist and have my hearing officially tested in consideration for hearing aids.
Our doctor is splendid. She did the test and it all came back as before: mild to moderate and in some places moderate to severe. Basically, my capability to hear works perfectly fine. The sounds going into my ears transmit to my brain. However, many of the consenant sounds/ranges are missing which is why I tend to have such a hard time understanding day to day conversations. This all confirmed what I’d been told before but in a far more in-depth manner and more professional test/setting.
We had to wait a couple weeks to arrange everything necessary to pay for them. Unfortunately our health insurance only covers hearing aids for children or teenagers under 18 which is rather silly. But this meant we did have to pay for it all out of pocket. Oh well.
And I got them yesterday!!
The doctor walked us through using them, gave us all sorts of tips and made sure I knew how to take them out and put them in. Basically her main advice was: play, play, play. Fiddle with them. Tweak them. Adjust them. Figure out what work and what doesn’t. Try to discover what I like and dislike about them.
Okay, thoughts and opinions so far? I have a love/hate relationship at the moment. I had a difficult time getting them to sit in my ears correctly. They felt too tight or too loose, too far in or not far enough in, too loud or too quiet, back and forth the whole day. Thankfully with the technology of today, the ones we purchased have an app so the sound frequencies are fairly customizable and I have different sizes of end caps to put on them to adjust how they sit in my ear.
Hearing wise, I can definitely hear more sounds. I had no idea how creaky my body is! My ankles pop, my knees pop, my wrists pop, everything pops! The sound of brushing against fabric is waaay more obvious. The beeping sound in my car when I’m starting it up is painful. Air vents guys. Since when have they been so LOUD??? and I can actually hear my stove timer when it beeps for my tea.
As my audiologist said, it’s a big noisy world and it is going to take some getting used to.
Today is already much better. It feels more natural to have them in. I’ve almost forgotten I had them a couple of times. They’re sitting better and don’t feeling as if they’re rubbing my ears sore.
I am excited about them. I’ll post later when I’ve had more time to get used to them. For now I’m just excited to find out if I can hear Micah clearly when he is talking to me from another room. I’m so used to having to get up and go wherever he is to understand what he is saying!