As a mom of three active kids, most of my life is spent behind the wheel either in the carpool lane, in a parking lot, or on the highway traveling to events. A few months ago, I blogged here about my frustrations with not being able to chat with my kids while driving. How is it possible to safely lip read children while cruising 75 miles an hour down the interstate?
In the past decade, Lipreading Mom has worn two other sets of hearing aids, which were paid for out of pocket: $8,000 total. My hearing loss progressed this year, making both hearing aids ill-equipped to help me any longer. I missed so much sound. The hardest part was missing out on my children’s voices in the car. I couldn’t understand them unless I glanced at their lips through the rearview mirror. Several times, I got in near car accidents from doing this. New hearing aids were needed, but our family just couldn’t afford any more out-of-pocket hearing technology expenses.
Unbeknowst to me, officials with ReSound hearing technology headquarters read my blog posts about highway lipreading and offered me a solution: new Verso ReSound hearing aids and a ReSound Unite Mini-Microphone. As long as I blogged about their products, I could have these products at no charge.
I cried happy tears.
I am thrilled to announce that ReSound, manufacturer of hearing technology, is partnering with Lipreading Mom on the Show Me Your Ears Campaign. In exchange for my new hearing aids and Mini-Mic, I will post a series of stories and photos about my experiences with using this technology.
Let’s call these posts Diary of a Lipreading Mom!
I Can Hear Voices in the Car…Finally
Immediately after leaving Hometown Hearing with my brand new ReSound hearing aids and wireless Mini-Mic, I tested them out in the car.
“When was the last time we could talk in the car while I drove?” I asked my husband who sat in the passenger seat. He wore the Mini-Mic on his shirt collar.
“Fifteen, 16 years,” he said.
“Really?” I wanted to make sure I’d heard correctly.
“Did you hear what I said?” he asked.
I kept my eyes focused on the road ahead. “You said 15, 16 years, right?”
And that, my friends, is the first time since 1997 or so that I’ve had a car conversation with my husband without having to lip read.
In future posts, I will go behind the wheel with my kids in the backseat, each taking a turn with the Mini-Mic. I wonder what they will say to me?