crash course in hearing aids

@savypat (20246)
United States
September 21, 2012 2:35pm CST
We spent about 2 hours yesterday learning about hearing aids. Hubby spent his working career around jet and rocket airplanes. This damaged his hearing quite a bit. Hearing aids will help him, but we learned the bigest mistake in the purchase of these quite expensive aids is that the people won't wear them after purchase. So far Hubby is not seriously hindered by his loss, but I worry most about his loss of these little tiny things. His present memory is getting so bad that he seems to lose something every day, his keys, his glassed, his coat even things he's just been reading. I can just see us trying to find one of those aides somewhere in the barn? Putting off getting these aides means he will grow worse and as that happens it will be harder for him to adjust to the aides. We really don't know which way to go on this and we willhave to borrower the money to get the device. Ideas?
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@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
23 Sep 12
Really, I don't know if anyone is actually able to give you adequate advice when it comes to this decision. The reason that I say that is because of the fact that I believe that the decision to get any kind of assistance device is a very personal choice. If your husband is one of those people that realizes that he does really have a hard time hearing and he wants to be able to hear better, then I would think that he would be a good candidate for hearing aids. However, if this is something that is not really hindering him, then he probably would not be a good candidate for hearing aids.
@jaiho2009 (39001)
• Philippines
22 Sep 12
One of my grandma wears this hearing device when she lost her hearing senses. She doesn't want or like the idea because she doesn't want her children to spend money. She keep saying she's old and have had enough of life and that spending money for the hearing aid is just a waste of money. But her children wants her to hear them saying "i love you" as if...action is not enough to speak for love.
@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
22 Sep 12
Mom has bought this hearing aid but she told me that she is better off not using it cos according to her it is too strong. She can even hear people whispering. Most likely she was not briefed on the proper usage as sellers here take for granted that the manuals are self explanatory and customers Need no learning. Even her hearing is bad she could not be forced to use this pricey hearing aids. It is still nicely wrapped in its original packing tucked somewhere sitting like a white elephant never reaching its target usage.
@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
21 Sep 12
I can't really help you except to tell you my Dad's experience. He denied his hearing loss for years and by the time he got his aids it was very hard for him to hear anyone. In the last years of his life his wife was the only one he could really understand and he and I were denied real communication which saddened us both as I'd been away for so many years. The sooner your husband gets them and wears them, the longer he'll be able to understand people. Does he really not want to hear you say you love him? Or not hear the smoke alarm? Or the birds or Sadie? I hope you get them soon and that he will wear them and take good care of them.