Besides all these little conveniences, the real benefit has been how much more alive my surroundings are when I have my hearing aids on. In the morning when I wake up the world is dampened. I find it hard to understand why more people who have hearing difficulties would not want to experience this. I would find it very difficult to do my work if it were not for my hearing aids. I am a consultant in the field of leadership and culture, where I facilitate workshops in many different environments and different parts of the world. In particular, I would find it very hard to hear different accents and dialects. From the varying accents in our own country, to other African countries, India, South America, North America and Europe, I am able to better hear, facilitate and do my work more effectively. I have had the odd occasion where my battery dies in mid-presentation – then I truly know I definitely need them.
Living with hearing loss is still sometimes difficult and even with a hearing aid I would sometimes find it difficult to hear somebody with noise around or if they are talking in another room, as happens often in our home. Without them, I can’t imagine! Being more aware of this, I can see how frustrated people around can get when somebody is not hearing well and they have to raise their voice to be heard. I can hear without a hearing aid, but I would miss a lot … and who wants to live in a world that is dumbed down. I am pleased that my world can be lifted and awakened to the birds singing and the sounds I would otherwise miss.