I rarely find myself lost for words. I am self-confident and rarely sad. Three weeks ago I went for a checkup at the audiologist. I knew my hearing was getting worse because I was having to turn up my hearing aids to the maximum. When I went for my checkup audiologist determined that my hearing has dropped an additional 35 dB The good news is that I can still get use out of my hearing aids, although I am now closer to needing a cochlear implant. Thank goodness my sound recruitment is at bay and not bothering me.
I really have to work hard to hear, even with Resound Aleras. I got really upset one day because I couldn’t hear a blessed thing and had to ask my oldest daughter to order lunch for us. This happened again, but my wife was there to help. It just doesn’t sit well when I can’t be in
control. I knew my time with my hearing aids was going to be short.
Last weekend I told my wife how sad I am, that I don’t feel that I am coping well with my deafness. I know I am doing some great things like increasing my ASL skills and building friendships with others in the deaf community. I’m really pleased about that, but I was hoping not to lose so much hearing so quickly.
Does anyone have any words of encouragement? I sure could use them.
My name is Jeff Swartz and I live in Atlanta, GA. I am married to wonderful wife and have two teenaged daughter.