Hearing aids are a gift. Imagine hearing birds chirping for the first time, or a baby’s laugh, or a kitten purring. By placing hearing technology in my ears, my whole world of listening goes from gray tones to a Technicolor symphony.
When I lost more hearing earlier this year, the two pairs of hearing aids I owned were no longer powerful enough to help me. I couldn’t hear my three children unless they screamed at me. I couldn’t hear the three robins munching on leaves a few feet away. I couldn’t even hear my breath.
But how could I afford a third set of hearing aids? My family had struggled to pay for the first two sets, and our insurance didn’t cover them. I didn’t want to purchase another set with a credit card.
I waited. I prayed.
ReSound representatives contacted me about wearing their brand new Verso hearing aids at no charge. At first, I thought it was a scam. What company would give hearing aids away for free? When Brent Peterson, my Hometown Hearing provider, followed up with ReSound about the offer, I learned it was legitimate. As long as I blogged about their new Verso ReSound hearing aids and a ReSound Unite Mini-Microphone, I could have these products at no charge.
My First Week with New Hearing Aids
The first thing I noticed about the Verso aids was their fit. They didn’t tug at my ears and make them sore like my first set of hearing aids had. Today, I attended a women’s Bible study and, using the hearing aids and Mini-Microphone, could understand the teacher’s message from the stage as she prayed…with my eyes closed.
This afternoon, I could hear the sound of my cell phone vibrating downstairs while I folded clothes in my upstairs bedroom.
Yesterday, my daughter didn’t get told once by her Lipreading Mom in the car, “Wait ’til we stop, so I can lip read you.’ She wore the microphone on her shirt, and my hearing aids helped me understand her delicate voice without having to ask for a repeat or watch her moving lips.
In a crowded restaurant two days ago, I carried on a conversation with a friend without having to constantly stare at her mouth. My eyes got a much-needed lipreading break!
My Photo Diary of Hearing Aids
Hearing Aids Are a Gift
I hope my story and photos give you some idea about the importance of good hearing…and paying a blessing forward. Thank you, ReSound, for allowing me to hear my kids.
What ideas do you have on ways to provide hearing aids to people who can’t pay for them?