What happens when a hard of hearing person marries someone who loves loud music?
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This week, I met with a representative from ReSound, manufacturer of hearing technology. One of the cool features with my new ReSound Verso hearing aids is a music program. When I click on my ReSound handheld remote, I can select a variety of listening environments: quiet, restaurant, outside, and telecoil (T-coil). Since my husband is a guitarist and we listen to a lot of music, the rep added the music feature.
Here's How the Music Program Works
I click to program #3 on my remote, then my hearing aids beep a couple of times to signal the setting change. When I turn on the radio or sit next to my hubby as he plays a rock solo, the program allows me to hear the higher frequencies better. This includes cymbals, lead vocals, and certain piano and synthesizer notes.
Before the music program was added, I opted to either drive without the radio on or turn it to the Oldies station for songs I remember hearing before my hearing loss progressed. (I'm old.) It's only been two days, but I can already hear the music crisper and clearer. I can't understand all the lyrics in most songs, but I also don't have to turn the volume to an ear-piercing level in order to hear those songs. My kids, who prefer more modern tween-friendly music, like the fact that the mini-van is no longer blasting The Beatles at migraine-inducing volumes.
As for my hubby's guitar playing? I hear it so well, I can even make out the notes when I am downstairs and he is practicing upstairs.
I wonder if my next stop will be at the iTunes store. Then I can order some songs that were created since the 1960s. Who knows? Maybe I'll understand the lyrics.
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Shanna Groves was diagnosed with progressive hearing loss after the birth of her first child. She was 27. Raised in a hearing family, Shanna traces her hearing loss to a genetic loss on the paternal side of her family. She is mom to three young children, a published author, and speaker. Her books are featured at www.ShannaGroves.com. Shanna blogs about being a hard of hearing mom at http://LipreadingMom.com.