As an 86 year old retired nurse in the operating room, my ears and hearing always worried me the most. I started out in psychiatry, after attending nursing school in NY City. My goals were to serve others and to work hard. As the years progressed, I needed to be able to hear the doctors, while they were wearing masks in the operating rooms. The ER is not normally a quiet place with so much equipment and machines. I realized after many years in the hospital settings that I missed the quality of speech and it was such a difficult thing to describe to others how I couldn’t understand them.
After improving my hearing, I realized that my life had an astonishing new sense of clarity and word understanding. I am not a quitter, you keep going and you keep going. I knew there was help. Hearing others made my final years as a nurse much more fulfilling and rewarding. I am ever thankful for my life that served others.