My new set of hearing aids
It has been awhile since I've worn my hearing aids. I used to wear them while I was growing up but I lost them or they stopped working. I finally got a new set of hearings aids a few days ago and I am wearing them in both of my ears now. I'll start off with what happened when I had my fittings done. First, a couple weeks ago, I went to a hearing center to have my new ear molds made and I was a little anxious to get my new hearing aids on. I have been waiting to hear the music at the normal volume without turning it up really loud and to be able to hear my daughter speak at a normal tone without screaming out my name which is MOMMY! That's one of the words I do understand. That has been on my mind ever since I lost my hearing aids. It has been very quiet and somewhat boring at times when I don't hear any noises. I do enjoy the quiet for the most part but I also enjoy listening to music and hearing sounds such as birds singing and my daughter talking. It is quite annoying when I hear the cars passing by my house, all kind of noises at the house such as A/C running, TV, and refrigerator humming. It will take me awhile to get used to those annoying noises and learn to tune them out. ;)
The next thing that happened was that I heard my first sound once the doctor turned on my hearing aids which was the sound of the A/C running above me! I was a little shaken up, felt chills all over my body then when the doctor spoke to my interpreter, I heard his voice! The noises and his voice tickled the inside of my ears. I laughed because it just felt so weird. Once I was done at the doctor's office I got up and I felt little weak in my knees and started to lose some of my balance which is normal. The interpreter, Jim, who was walking with me was a bit concerned. I told Jim it would happen and we both laughed when it did. He questioned me what it felt like and thought it was amazing all noises that I could hear. I asked him what is what and he would tell me where the noises were coming from.
We then parted our ways to our cars. Once I got into my truck, I heard the beeping noises! It was the seat belt alert indicator. I rushed to put on my seat belts. The noises stopped but once I put my keys into the ignition as I was getting ready to close my door I heard another beeping noise! I was caught off guard by the noise and was like, "what?!?!" Then when I started my truck, music came on and it was LOUD. I was pretty startled! I had to turn down the volume. I laughed at myself and thought it was so nice to be able to hear the radio at the normal rate again. As I was enjoying the music, I drove and hit the signaler (blinker for right and left turns) and I heard beeping noises, "what!?!" Ohhhh, it does make noises and now I know why it is annoying to those who could hear that! I quickly shifted up the stick once I turned left or right. It was just so funny and amazing at the same time. :)
I still have a long journey to go with enjoying the sounds for the long run. It will be a lot of getting used to for me. Next I picked up my daughter. She spoke as she always does and I heard her voice for the first time at a distance! She would always sit close to my ears and tell me "I love you", now she doesn't have to. She's very thrilled that I could hear her and smiled big! But she will always whisper in my ears because that is something very special that we do to both of us. It's so exciting! I have a long journey of enjoying my hearing aids! I appreciate all kind of sounds probably more than those who can hear. Do appreciate what you have and don't have. :)
*Don't take anything for granted*
Life of a Deaf Socialite
Hi, My name is Ann Marie. I was born on May 3, 1975. I was raised in Indiana. I attended Indiana School For The Deaf from 1979 to 1989. I have grown