Edit to add: my results are on the second page
New guy here, and I’m about to get hearing aids. A little about me: I’m 30 years old and have been in the military for almost 12 years. I was hard of hearing prior to joining, so much so that I needed a waiver to get in. While in boot camp I had another hearing test done and it was highly recommended that I get hearing aids. Like I said, that was 12 years ago, and being a 18 year old kid, I thought, no way am I going to get those things and wear them. My hearing didn’t seem that bad to me anyway. Throughout my time in the military, I worked in engine rooms a lot, so over time my hearing got worse.
So here I am now, with a family and two young children, and a job where communication is vital, and through the urging of my family and being fed up with being so hard of hearing, I’ve decided to finally get it taken care of.
Military insurance is a pain, especially if you live in a remote location as I do, so I’ve been working on getting them for months. At my most recent audiogram the doctor said, I think, that my hearing loss was severe. I don’t have the results in front of me (should by tomorrow), but it doesn’t seem like its severe, but that may just be denial.
I know nothing about my hearing loss really… I have to use captioning and subtitles even though I can hear things with no problem. I just can’t understand things. Why is this? Same thing with people. I hear them, but no understanding. Background noise to me is incredibly loud…riding in a car, AC units, at restaurants, etc…Are hearing aids really going to help?
I honestly have no idea what to expect. What kind I’ll be getting (knowing the military, I’m afraid it’ll be those huge 1980 models) what it’s like, etc…Nor do I know how to overcome the perceived social stigma (if there is one I guess) of young people with hearing aids.
Any advice or help would be greatly appreciated!