I had a patient come in this morning and he said to me, “Boy am I glad to see you, I have been getting bored at home.” I had to laugh but he was quite serious.
I thought the title may have sounded unique by replacing the word “Hearing for Seeing”. This patient, as well as his wife, and I have known each other for approximately ten years. We have seen each other getting a bit older, changes in health, as well as successes in hearing. He seemed genuinely pleased to see me as I was with seeing he and his wife. This couple goes everywhere together, so “hearing” is very important for them and how they communicate with each other. They each have a bilateral hearing loss and are achieving wonderful success with their digital hearing aids/devices. We have a close enough relationship that to spend time together, in our office, is a joy for them and I!
As an audiologist, we have the great responsibility to help people in their relationships. We facilitate the acceptance that there is a or many solutions that can improve their quality of life such as hearing aids, assistive listening devices, or devices to reduce the negative affects of tinnitus. The relationships we form throughout life are ever growing and evolving. I am appreciative for a patient wanting to see me and in that opportunity to help them “not be bored at home”.