I have suffered from hearing loss for as long as I can remember. It runs in my family and is a way of life for us. I am 37 years old and from the time I was in elementary school, I have had to go through annual hearing evaluations through the school district audiology department. By the time I was a junior in high school, my hearing was so bad that I was offered hearing aids, which I declined. I was very involved in music my whole life from playing the piano to choir, band and full orchestra. Even my choir director was a bit surprised at my hearing loss. So I guess I was able to disguise it to a degree. It wasn’t until I was first married, working my first real job as a medical assistant, that I realized how bad my hearing loss was and how much I relied on reading lips to hear and understand what people were saying to me. But still, I was not going to rely on hearing aids!
Over 15 years later, I met Dr. Jeff Moore and his wife, Nicole, and I was talked into another hearing evaluation, which was also the first time I had received one since high school. I went in and everything was so familiar in routine until he entered my data into his computer. At this point, using classical music, he played back to me what the normal person hears and then played back what I hear. Almost half the sounds were gone! It was an eye opener for me and a very emotional experience as well. I broke down in tears realizing what I was missing all these years.
I have had hearing aids since then and I have to say it has made a huge difference. The first two weeks were the hardest getting through the ‘WOW’ effect. My husband was humored, but I was not. After wearing them continuously for that period of time, I was watching a movie on the TV at home and I took out the hearing aids in the middle of a song. I had the same sound transition experience happen to me as that first day in Dr. Moore’s office. I realized again how much I was missing in my hearing and that it was very real. It has been two years and I am so grateful I was able to swallow my pride and awaken that part of my senses. I am very pleased with the quality of service I received from a doctor who really cares. I encourage everyone to at least have an evaluation to see for themselves where they are in their hearing and how they can be helped. Don’t miss out on another beautiful song or conversation.”