Contributed by Debbie Clason, staff writer for Healthy Hearing
Listen up, folks. It’s time we brought hearing health out of the closet and gave it the respect it deserves – or at least make it an equal partner with vision and dental care. And, if like many in this country you’ve decided to ignore your hearing loss because you have some sort of stigma about wearing hearing aids, take note. Here’s what audiologists wish you knew: READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE
“In my late 50’s I began to notice that I had difficulty tracking conversations when I was in a group environment (restaurants, vehicles, parties etc.) I could follow the conversations of the adjacent group better than the individual with whom I was conversing. I had self-diagnosed myself as having “Adult Attention Deficit Disorder”.
As time progressed I noticed that I started saying “eh?” and “pardon” more and more in my conversations. It was suggested that I have my hearing tested, so I did.
Turns out that what I had been experiencing was hearing loss. For years I have experienced first hand with my father, the frustration of being around someone with hearing loss that refuses to take appropriate action; the too loud television, the misunderstandings, which lead to anger and inappropriate responses, as well as the exhaustion that comes from conducting shouted conversations. Because of this history I did not hesitate in taking the appropriate action as recommended by my Doctor.
Today, I feel more in control and attuned with my environment. I absolutely love my hearing aides! I chose a fun purple color, not that anyone has noticed. My only problem has been forgetting that I have them in and sometimes almost showering with them.”
“Dr. Pfaff conducted various tests and audiograms. My husband, who is a medical doctor, was with me,and noticed that Dr. Pfaff had very good equipment. It appeared he knew his job perfectly well. On top of all of that, he was very friendly. We felt that we could trust him. To help with my hearing loss, Dr. Pfaff recommended an Oticon Epoq XW product, which I have worn ever since.”
“At Dr. Pfaff’s suggestion I got the Oticon Bluetooth-enabled Connectline devices, which allow me to watch TV, talk on the telephone and use my cell phone anywhere in a very comfortable way. Really, I wonder what my life would be like now without these hearing aids and their additional devices.”
“Kurt has always been willing to do whatever he can to accommodate my needs. Believe me, in over 20 years there have been some unique experiences. I moved north 2 ½ hours from the Hopkins office 15 years ago and never once have I felt that the distance has been a factor in obtaining top-notch service.”
“When I make an office visit, it is like stopping in for a family visit with the way the staff checks up on how everyone is doing. You do not feel rushed or pushed through to get to the next patient. That does not happen by accident. That takes devotion, which is what you will find in a visit to Hearing Care Specialists.”
“As a 20-year-old kid, hearing aids were not something I wanted to have to wear. My hearing loss at the time was not such that it absolutely required hearing aids. The concept of wearing hearing aids took some time to adjust to. I had to accept the fact that I would need them, just like a person needs glasses.”
“My hearing loss has gotten worse over the years due to additional trauma. I realized at about age 23 that I needed hearing aids in order to function in society and be able to have a normal life.”
“I like the way that Kurt takes the time to understand your hearing loss and recommends what is best for you and the environment that you live and work in. He will explain the “what” and “whys” of a hearing aid and your hearing loss. He is always willing to go the extra mile and make sure you, the patient, are satisfied with how the hearing aids are performing.”
“Starting at 40 years old, I had somewhat of an “ego issue” to overcome. The miniaturization of the instruments has help a lot in this area. I finally determined that if I can wear glasses to help a vision problem, there was no reason to avoid aids to help a hearing problem.”
“Very few people have ever noticed that I am wearing aids. I now proceed under the assumption that no one will know I am a wearer unless I tell them myself.”
“Dr. Pfaff undertook my care as I would expect a professional would. He did a complete evaluation, explained my various options and left the decision to me. There was no pressure, just facts from which to evaluate my situation and a possible solution.”
– John M.