HEARING AIDS / COUNTDOWN

Hearing loss is living loss. You owe it to yourself to get the proper help.

First I want to give you an excerpt from a former blog regarding hearing aids, in case you haven’t read it.  It details how I was feeling when I made my first appointment with AUDIOLOGY SERVICES. It was dated 6/9/2018

“I felt they were really trying to help me. The testing and explanation far exceeded my expectation. A temporary replacement was given right away and I didn’t even have to struggle with the ‘old’ ones.  As a result, I actually heard every word on the family gathering on Mother’s Day. It was great!”

“I have to qualify why ‘I heard every word.’  I had been feeling left out of conversations. If you have any degree of hearing loss you know that feeling of isolation as everyone talks around you as though you’re just another piece of furniture in the room, or they stand next to your ear and bellow like you’re incompetent. It is demoralizing, almost insulting, so what do you do? WITHDRAW FROM LIFE!”

That was about a month ago.

As of this writing I have to give you an update on the hearing aid issue.  After a few weeks and not being completely satisfied, I returned to the office for the follow up appointment to get the newly made ear mold pieces. I hadn’t liked the sound of my own voice or the sound of chewing and was told the new ones would have a larger ‘sound hole’ and would correct all my problems. I also had a small sore spot in one ear. Mercifully, the audiologist was right.   I am now totally happy with the new ear pieces. I no longer hear the chewing sounds, my voice is my own, and I have lowered the tv decibel to a surprising number. No sore spots. My family is happy they no longer have to ‘shout.’ I am happy to be ‘in the loop’ again.

Many thanks to Blaise Delfino and his assistant, Autumn Dieter. Their office is, AUDIOLOGY SERVICES,111 S. Spruce St., Nazareth, PA 18064. This family owned business also has an office in Bethlehem, PA. and I understand they hope to have a new location in Stroudsburg, PA by early fall.

The family business was originally begun by Dr.Gregory Delfino in 1987. He has long association with the Major Medical Centers and private practices in PA and NJ. He was  joined by his wife, Cheryl Delfino, a licensed Hearing Healthcare Specialist, who adds the personal touch to the thriving business.

Their son, Blaise Delfino, whose impressive list of credits include, Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology, rounds out the outstanding practice. He is also a musician. He really gives you the feeling of wanting to know all about you and how he can help make your life more enjoyable. It is a far cry from some of the places I have visited.

The office assistant, Autumn Dieter, first got my attention when I called to inquire about making an appointment. I knew right away I wasn’t speaking to the average receptionist by her knowledgeable answers to my questions. I later learned she is studying for her license in hearing instruments.

This family owned and oriented unit definitely provide the personal touch to make each patient, or customer, grateful for the experience of ‘getting on with their lives.’ They will even accommodate you in your own home if you are unable to go to the office.

I have included their website for you to further understand their family involvement and expertise. You could not be in better hands.

 

 

 

 

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HEARING AIDS

Try to keep some resilience in your outlook on life.Try to ‘roll with the punches.’ It keeps life livable

Did you ever get something new that you thought was going to be the answer to your prayers, and were excited to get it, but it turned out to be less than you anticipated?

Let me explain. I have been wearing hearing aids for about 15 years, and about every five years I’ve had to be updated. Lately, I haven’t felt satisfied with the whole process and decided to try something different. I was really impressed with the audiologist I had selected. It was the ‘state of the art’ computer model and right away I felt they were really trying to help me. The testing and explanation far exceeded my expectation. A temporary replacement was given right away and I didn’t even have to struggle with the ‘old’ ones.  As a result, I actually heard every word on the family gathering on Mother’s Day. It was great!

I have to qualify why ‘I heard every word.’ Lately, I had been feeling left out of conversations. If you have any degree of hearing loss you know that feeling of isolation. They talk around you as though you’re just another piece of furniture in the room. If they really want you to know what’s going on, they stand next to your ear and bellow like you’re incompetent. It is demoralizing, almost insulting, so what do you do”?  WITHDRAW FROM LIFE!

Anyway, after having such a good temporary replacement, I had high expectations when the day finally arrived to get my own hearing aids. Everyone was making a fuss. I was elated!  From the moment I had them in my ears I could hear the outside sounds, distinctly and at a much greater distance than I had previously…but my own voice sounded hollow, like I was talking under water. In the next two days I had a clunking sound whenever I chewed. I was devastated. I had been told by the audiologist that it would take several days for me to make the adjustment, BUT IT WOULD HAPPEN !

I was now reminded how awful were the first few day with bifocals. I cried into the dishwater and wanted to pitch the glasses, but I knew I needed them, so I persevered. And believe it or not I soon felt they were part of my face. The same could be said of dentures or wearing orthotics, or any appliance that is foreign to the body. Those are changes we don’t want to make.  We resist, fighting our acceptance of the very thing we need.  Think of the soldiers who lost limbs and then had to work through learning to overcome a handicap that was more than we can IMAGINE.

I must say that on day three I no longer hear the clunk when I eat and the underwater sound of my voice has softened. I now believe a change will come. We all have to make adjustments in our lives, some big and some small.