correctable hearing loss, we need to be more aggressive both as a
society and in the health professions. Technology is coming very
close to the place where inexpensive and effective hearing
instruments will be within the reach of all Americans who need
them. We need to encourage people who would benefit from hearing
instruments to get them. I am delighted by the way they have helped
Just before I received my hearing instrument, I attended one of
those Washington receptions at the Hotel Willard. I had come to
feel uncomfortable at receptions, and this one was typically
difficult. I had the distinct feeling that I was missing more than
I was receiving. The next morning, I got my hearing instrument and
that evening I hosted our annual Christmas party, where there was
as much background noise as at the Willard the night before. Once
again I was in touch with most of what was being said around me.
From that day forward, I carried my head high in crowded rooms.
C. Everett Koop, M.D.
Former U.S. Surgeon General
Koop: The Memoirs of America's Family Doctor
My hearing instrument has had a great impact upon my life both
professionally and personally. I'm involved in a lot of meetings.
Before I had my hearing instrument, I missed a lot and had to
always ask people to repeat themselves. As a result, I had a lot of
stress. Today, I'm so much more aware of what's going on simply
because of my hearing instrument. Personally, the hearing
instrument has helped me be more involved with my kids.
The experience with my hearing instrument specialist was very
positive. They were able to fit the hearing instrument to
compensate for my specific hearing needs in terms of frequency and
volume. He listened to me and worked to make the right
Executive Director of Older Adult Rehabilitation Services
Member of the Community Care Program Advisory Committee of the
Illinois Department on Aging
One result of spending a lifetime around race cars was a
noise-induced hearing loss. My hearing loss could have been a big
liability for me, but instead I sought help from a hearing
instrument specialist who fitted me with hearing instruments.
Wearing the hearing instruments changed my life for the better and
helped me overcome what, for many people, can be a serious
Professional Race Car Driver
Indy 500 Champion
I've had at least a 50 percent hearing loss due to an inner-ear
nerve problem since I left the army in 1963. Without a hearing
instrument, I probably would be unable to run my business.
I saw an audiologist only once when my hearing loss was first
diagnosed. Since then, I have dealt only with my hearing instrument
specialist. He is extremely honest and reliable, and he bends over
backwards to make sure the products he sells work and fit
I discovered while I was a student teacher that I suffered a 20
to 25 percent hearing loss from nerve deafness in my right ear. The
loss was most severe in high frequencies, which made it especially
hard to hear my students' voices. I had trouble finding the people
in my classroom who were talking to me. Now, I wear a hearing
instrument which enables me to pinpoint who's saying what and
what's being said.
My hearing instrument specialist was extremely knowledgeable and
thorough in determining just what instrument was needed to improve
my hearing. He answered many tough questions regarding the
different units that are available and their applications.