“Wearing hearing aids has opened up a whole new world for me. My only regret is that I didn’t see an audiologist about my hearing loss sooner. I cheated myself out of a lot of years of hearing. I don’t think you realize what you are missing out on until you can hear.”
Hearing aids open up a whole new world for Linda
Linda Alexander’s parents first noticed she had a hearing loss when she was just three years old. “They said I toddled out into the street and didn’t hear a car honking. That started a lifetime of ear problems for me. From that time on, I have had difficulty hearing, especially in my right ear.”
Doctors were never sure what caused Linda’s hearing loss at such a young age, but the result was that she didn’t feel connected to her surroundings. “My hearing loss made it difficult for me going through school. I had surgery in 1978 to restore hearing in my right ear and it helped for about a year, but that was it.”
As Linda grew older, she began losing more and more hearing in her left ear also. Eventually, her daughter urged her to see an audiologist about hearing aids. “I didn’t like that idea because I thought only old people wear hearing aids,” she admits. Linda’s daughter helped her find Associated Audiologists.
At her first visit to the practice, her audiologist detected hearing in Linda’s right ear, news that surprised her. “I don’t know what I was expecting,” Linda says, “but the experience was very pleasant. My audiologist told me I had hearing in my right ear, the sound just wasn’t reaching it,” she explains. “I thought could that be possible after all these years? And sure enough, he was able to fit me with hearing aids in both ears. I was just amazed!”
Only in her 60s, Linda was concerned about how noticeable the devices would be. “At the time my audiologist fit me with hearing aids, my hair was very short, but even so, you couldn’t see the hearing aids. They were practically invisible, and that meant so much to me. I don’t think I will ever be without them. Wearing hearing aids has opened up a whole new world for me. I can hear the birds singing and the voices of my two small grandchildren.”
Her only regret is that she didn’t see an audiologist about her hearing loss sooner. “I cheated myself out of a lot of years of hearing,” Linda says. “I don’t think you realize what you are missing out on until you can hear. Hearing aids have changed my life completely.”