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Selected Quotes from the Hearing Impaired

selectedquotesTo eliminate 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 me.

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 adjustments.

Charles Warner
Executive Director of Older Adult Rehabilitation Services and
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 disability.

Bobby Unser
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 properly.

Hank Gordon
Attorney

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.

James Shutack
Teacher