I came to the unflinching conclusion that modern technology had to provide a sustainable solution, or at least a much better alternative beyond the limitations of the NHS. I also decided that whatever my financial situation, I had no choice, but to opt for the best ‘sound system’ available. Had I not followed this route, I would never have known the possibilities.
If you’re lucky enough to find a caring, perceptively clever and patient audiologist, your battle is nearly won. Help is at hand, but the rest is up to you. Accept what has happened – that you have lost what you had; believe in the technology – the choice is both impressive and calming; and work with the audiologist to find a solution that makes a difference to your life, though it may not necessarily accommodate someone else. Nothing is perfect.
From Fear to Hear
It took several months to tweak, adjust and understand exactly what I demanded from a ‘sound system’, for that’s precisely what you must embrace (I never use the words ‘hearing aid’), and what your brain is trying to do for you.
Now, nearly a year later, my new ‘sound system’ – complete with a remote control that not only provides volume control, but offers a choice of five programmes including one for music – has opened more doors than I thought possible. I am a confident, active participant once again in all environments, from the noisy local pub to the expansive interior of a West End Theatre.
And, oh yes . . . I am playing trumpet and flugelhorn again. The quality of sound is just as I had remembered, or mighty close to it! And yes, I can hear the birds again.