Hi Guys kloe here..
Today post is another personal one that I hope that can help people in a similar situation as me and as you can see from the header that I’m going to be sharing my experience with wearing hearing aids for the last two years and how I’ve dealt with the whole experience.
In the cold November back in 2014 is when for me my hearing aid journey first began I had my first hearing check and before my appointment I was pretty scared because I didn’t really know what to expect . The audiologist’s put me at ease straight away and talked every test over first and were super friendly and I wasn't alone my mum was there with me too and by the end of the appointment I was told I had mild hearing loss in both of my ears and was given many leaflets to look over I do remember hoping that if I did have hearing loss that it wasn't really bad . I was glad that I was finally getting my hearing checked as before with my epilepsy the doctors couldn’t be sure if it was my epilepsy or my hearing but deep down I knew something wasn’t quite right.
After I was told that I was deaf it was only a few months until I actually got my micro phonak hearing aids and until I got them fitted it left me time to reflect on how my life would be changing for the better , when I got my hearing aids fitted in January 2015 and my family came and supported when I had them fitted and it was surreal when I put them in for the first time it feels like only yesterday that I had them fitted, I must admit that wearing them all the time to start with was good but as my ear wasn't used to it I had a few sores but now that my ears had toughened up it rarely happens.
When I left the hospital after my hearing aids were fitted everything felt so loud compared to what I was used to but it was nice having a conversation with Mariah and not having to ask her all the time what she said and it feels like looking now that it has brought us even closer together and i couldn’t thank Mariah and my family enough for all the support they have shown me over the past two years .
I was asked at one of the appointments that I could find out what had caused my hearing loss and I jumped at the chance I wanted to know more than anything and after a few different test my mum and I met with a specialist and later told us that I had waardenburg syndrome and we were told that I had inherited it from my mum as it’s hereditary , it was nice to know that I could learn more about what had caused my hearing loss .
When I don’t wear my hearing aids it feels like I’m in a box because it’s like I can’t hear anything and I do find it difficult to be around people when I don’t wear them and I do feel tired after a while because I’m concentrating so much to see what people say that I do feel tired but my family are great because they do speak louder to me so I can hear them .
Social situations and work do make me feel a little worried and stressed because I’m so worried that I won’t be able to hear the other person I’m talking to and some Co-workers do think of me as shy because I do mumble a little bit when I talk and I do try and make minimal conversations because I’m afraid that I won’t be able to hear them or that they don’t hear what I say , I know I should tell them that I wear hearing aids but I don’t want them to treat me differently because I’m deaf so I only have told close friends about it not that I’m ashamed of being deaf but because as I said I’m afraid of people treating me differently but I know my friends will accept me for me and to anyone who is going through wearing hearing aids your true friends will really come through and be there .
When I was told that at 16 I was deaf I did feel like why was this happening to me and i look back now and think that my reaction is understandable for anyone being told that they have a life changing illness but as I say now I could of let it define me or as I did I embraced it and I wouldn't wish this on anyone but it’s part of who I am .
I’m proud to be sharing my experience with you all I hope I have helped you if you are going through this too . Thank you for listening to my experience with wearing hearing aids .
Until next time happy reading