A Brief History Of Me

a brief history of me

 

 

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 6 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 almost 50 now (so a long time). Over the next 43 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. I hope 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.

Cheers,

Eddie.

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.

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7 Replies to “A Brief History Of Me”

  1. Thank you Eddie. A first hand account is always useful, especially from someone not connected to a particular brand.

    I’ve ordered two HD 500s and am undergoing the angst of ‘have I done the right thing?’ I’m am awaiting their arrival.

    My hearing loss is mainly attributable to high levels of aircraft noise as I spent 40+ years firstly fixing then flying military and civil aircraft.

    Wife and family have been saying for years ‘you need hearing aids’ but I’ve been presenting my ‘deaf’ ear to that, but have finally succumbed. Reading your review was quite reassuring – so thanks for taking the trouble.

    1. Hi Brian,
      Thanks for getting in touch and thank you for the kind comments. The whole purpose of the website is to try and show people that there is nothing different to wearing hearing aids than there is to wearing, say, glasses. If fact the very opposite is true. Wearing hearing aids can make a massive improvement to your quality of life.
      The cause of your hearing loss is, unfortunately, one of the most common causes. Very large numbers of military veterans develop hearing loss in later life. Even with the modern day protection available, I suspect that it may still be inadequate and the numbers will continue to increase in years to come.
      I always urge people to embrace their hearing loss. It isn’t something to be afraid of. Meet it head on and take control back into your own hands. The technological advances in hearing aids in the last 10 years have been nothing short of astonishing. The sound quality and functionality of the modern digital hearing aid are miles better than the early models.
      The HD 500 is considered the best in the field of hidden hearing aids. For such a small device, it packs a powerful punch, in terms of its capabilities. I can certainly understand your angst and apprehension as you wait on your devices arriving. My one bit of advice to everyone is to make sure that you give them every chance to make a difference to your life.
      Almost 40% of people disregard their new hearing aids within a week. I have come across all the “reasons” for this over the years. From “they hurt” to “they don’t fit properly” to “they make me feel funny” I have heard them all.
      I urge everyone to remember that it is entirely natural to feel a bit different when you wear them for the first time. I tell people that it takes around 3 weeks for you to feel “natural” when wearing your new aids.
      The first time I put a hearing aid in I nearly jumped out of the chair. The sound seemed so loud and strange. Things begin to settle down after a couple of days and then within 3 weeks, they felt so natural to me that I now feel almost naked without them in. If you do have any second thoughts once you begin to wear them, Brian, then please feel free to contact me here on the website or email me at eddie@helpwithhearingloss.com and I will be happy to try and help you through the initial few weeks.
      Finally, did you order the hearing aids through Hearing Direct.com? If you did then you have absolutely no worries from a financial point of view. If for whatever reason, you decide you cannot use them then you can return them within the agreed period for a full refund. I have used this company for many years and have never had issues with them whatsoever.
      I really hope that your new hearing aids make the same difference to your quality of life as mine has to me. I am always here to offer advice and discuss any issue people that want to discuss. I would be very grateful if you would let me know how you get on.
      The very best of luck,
      Kind Regards,
      Eddie.

      1. Yep, via Hearing Direct – very impressed with them. The aids arrived and I fitted them without much trouble. They are surprisingly comfortable, however when I picked up my acoustic guitar and played it the sound was appalling – quite distorted. As I changed to programme 4 it was better but by then quite loud.

        I took them out again and it sounded normal – so it’s obviously something the aids are doing. That’s the downside, the upside is my long-suffering wife was able to talk to me ‘normally’ and it was crystal clear. Normal sounds were a real surprise! From running water, but especially my own voice ! Mind you, I was ‘warned’ by the excellent Hearing Direct advice.

        As for getting used to them – yes, sustain your point. For 40 years I wore a headset in various aircraft so ‘having something on or around’ my ears is not a foreign feeling.

        I think I will get on with these because I chose the best I was willing to pay for and feel, compared with High Street prices, they are excellent value – both cost what ONE would cost (I realise you already know that).

        Your observation that Forces personnel often suffer is correct. Early in my flying career we ‘suddenly’ went from lightweight headsets to ones which were incorporated in robust, shell-like ear defenders. The damage was already done – what with that and firearms. Still, it was a good life and I can hear enough to keep life interesting.

        These will just make it better and less frustrating in social groups where I slowly withdrew as I just couldn’t differentiate speech. You get fed up asking people to repeat – I’ve abused the phrase ‘Say again’ ;o)

        Thanks for the encouragement.

        1. Hi Brian,
          Great to hear that you are getting on so well with your new hearing aids. Different aids will perform better with different things. It is unfortunate they don’t appear to be great with the guitar but the most important thing is that your hearing in “normal” circumstances has improved.
          I’m also very pleased that you found the experience with Hearing Direct a good one. I don’t recommend anyone lightly but this company have proved themselves time and again. It is good to hear that other people have found them to be excellent as well.
          I hope that your new devices continue to give you many more years of good hearing health and thank you very much for coming back to the site and sharing your experience. Hopefully, it will encourage others to do the same.
          Regards,
          Eddie.

  2. Hi Eddie,
    Can you tell me whether you have a business relationship with Hearing Direct, or any other similar company, in exchange for your reviews?
    Thanks,
    Michelle

    1. Hi Michelle,
      Thanks for getting in touch. Yes, I have a relationship with Hearing Direct UK. I review their products online and provide a link through to their website. If someone buys that product from their website and keeps the product after the 30-day money back time then I would receive a small commission from that sale. The commission I make is very small but it is enough to cover things such as the website hosting, security etc…

      I try (and hope I succeed) to give the pros and cons of any product I provide. The purpose of this website has always been and will continue to be to give advice regarding hearing loss from my personal perspective. Reviewing products that can make a difference in someone’s quality of life is an important part of what I am trying to do.

      I picked Hearing Direct to work with because I have known them for many years. The quality of service, products and help available from them has stood the test of time. They don’t do hard selling and their qualified audiologists have only the persons best interests at heart. Along with their 30 days, no quibble money back guarantee, they are someone I am entirely happy to endorse.

      I have received dozens of offers from other companies offering me all sorts of fantastic deals if I would endorse their hearing products. I haven’t done so and do not intend to change that position. I don’t doubt for one minute that there are other reliable suppliers out there but I would prefer to endorse someone that I know and am confident can deliver the quality I have become accustomed to.

      Regards,
      Eddie.

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