Hi there, I’m Eddie. This is a brief history of me and my hearing loss.
I have severe hearing problems and wear two permanent hearing aids.
I have endured hearing problems most of my life and was diagnosed with Meniere’s disease just over 8 years ago. Sometimes it has been a struggle but hearing loss and other associated problems need not be a barrier to living a full, active and interactive life.
The reason I have created this website is to offer help and advice to people like yourself who may have a hearing loss or an associated condition and are finding it difficult to cope with.
This may be because you don’t know where to go for help. You may be afraid to ask for help. You may not feel ready or able to discuss your problem with a health official or you may simply feel more comfortable talking to a regular guy. Whatever your reason is, I’m pretty sure I have been there myself.
How hearing loss has affected me.
I first began to have hearing issues when I was about 8 years old. I’m 52 now. Over the next 44 years, I have gone from a mild hearing loss to where I am today.
In between and at various stages of my life, I have experienced every emotion possible. I have been bewildered as a child as to why I seemed different from everyone else, I’ve been told that I didn’t pay attention in school, when in fact I simply couldn’t hear what the teacher was saying.
I have been in denial at times that there was anything wrong at all and just blundered through my teenage years. I have suffered from depression during adulthood as realization set in that there was no cure for my condition.
Enough bad stuff about me.
But do you know what? I came through them all. Today, I am comfortable in my own skin. I have a beautiful family, great friends, and a great social life. Hearing loss no longer defines who I am.
This is the experience I want to share with you and others. Yes, I know there are support groups available through official channels but I wanted to do something different. I want to connect with people through our mutual experiences.
Hearing loss and the use of hearing aids can be a very emotive issue for people. Seeing and hearing other peoples accounts and journeys firsthand and interacting with them can be a great step in coming to terms with their own particular issue.
Throughout my website, I will be outlining a range of experiences from my journey with hearing loss. Hopefully, you can relate to some of them. If so, I would love if you would get involved with my site. I love to talk to people who share this common problem. Any comments or feedback would be great.
If you need any feedback, support or friendly advice regarding any aspect of hearing loss or hearing aids or accessories then I would be very happy to discuss with you. Just leave your comments below.
Thank you for dropping in and I look forward to seeing you again. If there is anything else you would like to know about me then please just ask.
Update 19th December 2018
Many of you may have noticed that I haven’t been very active on my site for a long time. If the truth be known I almost gave the site up.
I suffer from regular bouts of depression. That may seem odd given that I mention above how good my life is overall. I recognize how good my life is and what a wonderful family and group of friends I have. However, the darkness can still creep up on me sometimes.
I lost my father just over a year ago after a battle with cancer. He wasn’t just my father, he was my friend. Even though I could see him slipping away over the course of 12 months and as much as I thought I was prepared for the inevitable, his loss almost destroyed me.
I lost the will to keep going. I lost all motivation to do anything. My family and friends thought I was the strong one. They thought I was coping better than everyone else in the family. In truth, I was dying inside and for a long time, I couldn’t see a way back.
Light at the end of the tunnel.
Standing at dads grave yesterday on what would have been his 81st birthday I realized that he would have been so disappointed and concerned that I had got to this stage. He loved the thought that I was running this site to help other people. He knew how much this site meant to me and I could almost hear him telling me to get back at it. That there were people out there who needed help and wanted advice.
So, I’m back, still struggling but determined that I have plenty more to give. I have a tonne of ideas flowing regarding the type of articles I want to get out there. If you are reading this then please get in touch. If you have any queries or topics you would like me to touch upon then I will do so.
I am very sorry that I have taken so long to get back to this point but I am here now ready and raring to go. Hopefully, you will come along with me.
P P.S. I would also like to mention that I use some affiliate marketing on this site. What that means is that if I recommend a product on this site and someone uses my link to purchase that product I will receive a commission. This small amount is used for the upkeep and development of the website.
The main company I will be recommending is called Hearing Direct.com. I have used this company for many years and have never found better. Their level of service is second to none and I am happy to point people in their direction.
All the reviews I do look at both the pros and cons of a product. The purpose of this website is to provide information. I have and will continue to do that to the best of my ability.