Is it time to put yourself first?
I have been working as an audiologist for over twenty years now (how time flies), and every day I feel privileged to be involved in helping people who would otherwise struggle with one of our basic but most important human needs – communication.
Not long ago a spritely and dapper gentleman, who we will call “John” for the sake of his anonymity, walked into my office accompanied by his lovely wife, “Mary”. We started chatting and it became clear that John and Mary had been through some very difficult personal circumstances. In the busyness of their lives, John and Mary had put themselves last out of necessity, and had neglected John’s hearing difficulties. He had been struggling with one old hearing aid, the other having completely broken down some time ago. John was aware he was missing out on conversation and interactions with his friends and family, and poor Mary was feeling exhausted being his “interpreter”. John had spent a good deal of time looking after others, but it was now time to address his needs…
I looked in John’s ears and tested his hearing. It was clear there was a significant hearing loss, we all knew this already. But after an in-depth discussion about his lifestyle, it also became clear very quickly that a brand new set of hearing aids was in order. Hearing aids that could allow him access to the things he once enjoyed: following the dialogue on TV without having to blast the family with the volume turned up, conversations with friends in a restaurant, and most importantly being involved in the lives of his children and grandchildren.
Together we discussed all the options and selected a pair of hearing aids.
I cannot wait for the fitting. I am so genuinely excited about seeing his reaction and that of his wife when he finally begins to experience hearing again. He deserves it!
Stay tuned, I'll let you know how John is doing with his new aids. Fiona
When you put yourself first everyone benefits
Melbourne Audiology Centre clinicians are specialists in fitting hearing aids and working with people to improve their hearing and communication. By doing something about your hearing, you are putting your well-being and your relationship with others first.
Contact us if you are having hearing and communication difficulties.