How long have you worn your hearing aids?
I got my first HAs in September, 2012, so that makes it 6 and one third years. I’ve only had the one pair, Oticon Agil Pro. Likely, I’m due for an upgrade.
For how long before you got your hearing aids did you suspect you had a hearing loss?
I’m not sure I so much suspected I had a problem as my family noticed that I did. I’m guessing it was a number of years, 5 or so. Eventually their complaints led me to ask my PCP for a referral to an ENT, who, after checking a bunch of stuff, then turned me over to an audiologist.
How long do you wear your hearing aids each day?
Depends. Some mornings I jog and won’t wear my HAs until after my shower (stepping into the shower with them on once was enough to alert me—but the strange sounds alerted me that something was “different”). So on jogging days it’s like 11 am or noon to midnight. On non-jogging days it’s more like 9 to midnight.
Do you feel like you get benefit from your hearing aids?
Absolutely. My spouse doesn’t have to get either me or herself to move so we’re looking directly at each other so as to communicate. I can, somewhat, follow conversations in restaurants and the like. Also, I like that I can now hear birds sing, crickets chirp, and grass and leaves rustle.
What complaints do you have about your hearing aids?
Sometimes there are problems getting one or the other receiver positioned in my ear without irritation. Generally, I have to do some wax wiping. It’s only a few minutes before I get things right, and the problem only happens once a month or so. I suppose the occasional feedback could be an annoyance, but that just tells me the HAs still work. But, they’re sufficiently comfortable that I barely know I’m wearing them.
Do you feel like your hearing aids have lived up to what your audiologist or hearing aid dealer told you they would do?
I suppose so. They let me know there wasn’t going to be a magic bullet that would solve all problems. But they surely solve rather a lot.
Did you get your hearing aids from an audiologist or a hearing aid dealer?
I went to an audiologist, and will do so again. Actually, in theory, she’s going to call me any time now for a trial of Phonak Marvels. I’m excited about going blue tooth.