Wear Hearing Aids All the Time

Wearing hearing aids all the time.

As my hearing loss becomes more pronounced in my later years, I have come to the conclusion that it takes less effort to wear my devices as much as possible. I thought I could use them like my cheaters to read. I looked less old. The truth has been that I look more old as I have to have people repeat themselves, lean in to hear them better, or make the wrong guess as to what they said, and give a confused answer.

I don’t want to be a bother to the doctor.

“I can’t hear.”

They adjust them.

“Do I have wax?”

They look.

“In restaurants I don’t understand what is going on.”

They adjust them. They tell me to let the batteries sit for 5 min after I take the tab off. You will get longer life. I wonder why or how and I listen to them. I get longer life out of the batteries.

It is ok. I will take them out in restaurants, and that kind of active listening can be a struggle.

Tweeked adjustments can help that.

It is ok. I will only bother the doctors some of the time.

The truth is that it is never a bother. That is why they are there. I need to stop acting like it is something wrong that I did, and give them the freedom to help. They don’t know what they don’t know. Just coping is never good enough.

Proper hearing is like a good sigh for me, and those who have to repeat themselves.

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  1. Marie

    This is the benefit of purchasing from audiologists instead of buying “over the counter.” The patient does not have to settle, and we are here to go through the journey with them to ensure they’re hearing successfully.

    • Richard Reikowski

      Well said Mary! Well said! Excellent!

  2. Amy

    I appreciate the transparency and get a feel of what patients really are thinking vs what they actually tell me. The more detail to “the problem” the better we can help. Thanks for sharing!

    PS: How can Marie have posted her comment at 3:51 pm when It’s only 12:30? 🙂

    • Richard Reikowski

      Amy,
      Nice points for sure!

  3. Jen Subotnik

    This is a very good realization and really a good step in the right direction in getting the proper care!

    • Richard Reikowski

      Jen,
      I agree very much with your thoughts!

  4. Gail Reagan

    Yes!! That “IS” why we’re here!!

    • Richard Reikowski

      True Gail! We sure are.

  5. Richard Reikowski

    Very nice sharing Dale! Keep up the sharing of your stories and experiences.

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