I am 63 years young (I’lll be 64 in a week). I have been retired for over 8 years and am pretty active. I enjoy running, kayaking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Living in the Rocky Mountains allows me to enjoy those activities on a regular basis.
Hearing loss runs in my family. Both of my grandfathers wore hearing aids, and so did my father (at a young age). I first noticed my own hearing loss when I was 21. Ringing in the ears, and I realized I couldn’t “hear” the television while someone or something was blocking it. I didn’t know I had become dependent upon lip reading. When I started having dizzy spells I went to an ear, nose, and throat specialist thinking my hearing loss was only wax buildup. After doing a CAT scan to rule out a tumor, I was diagnosed with Meniere’s.
My hearing deteriorated over the next 15 years or so, and I got a hearing aid for my left ear. A few years after that I got one for my right ear. I have worn Starkey, Resound, Siemens, and currently wear Phonak Audeo Marvel 90’s, which I have worn for a little over 3 years. I have severe hearing loss in my left ear, and am borderline severe in my right ear. I also have tinnitus, but over the years have made peace with it. I am contemplating a new pair of aids, mainly because I want to take advantage of my insurance coverage.