With the help of King Hearing, Pat got back her confidence
Patricia was 5 feet 2 inches and full of life! She was always involved in her community, even in high school she was on the student counsel and class secretary. While in college she travelled on several mission trips to Mexico and helped deliver medical supplies to small villages. By the time she was 30 years old, her enthusiasm was finally focused on teaching eighth graders at her local junior high. At 52 years old, Pat was raising three kids and busy teaching at school, working on a community board, leading in church activities and struggling to understand conversations in all of those settings.
Although Patricia new that she was struggling to hear occasionally, she did not think her hearing was that bad. It was not until she participated in our Free Screening program that she had concrete information on the level of her hearing loss and the consequences of letting it progress without doing anything.
Hearing loss is a serious health issue. Research has found that hearing loss contributes to social, psychological and physical problems. Social consequences include problems communicating with your spouse, friends or co-workers. Psychological problems include irritability, negativism, increased stress and depression. Physical problems can include tiredness, headaches, eating and sleeping problems, increased incidence of falling, and increased risk of developing dementia.
Patricia had developed moderate level hearing loss over the course of 15 to 20 years. This slow progression made it almost impossible for her to realize the extent of her problem without an objective test. Although she struggled to understand 50 to 60 percent without hearing aids, I found that with amplification she could understand over 85 percent. I explained that we were not re-growing sensory cells, but helping the viable hearing that was left. After discussing her options, I fit her with a set of small behind-the-ear hearing aids that allow her to hear the kids at school, communicate better with her family and enjoy life more. She can listen through her hearing aids to cell phone conversations and link directly to her television so that the whole family is comfortable with the volume. Patricia says she now feels more relaxed in group settings and can participate as she did in the past.
How will you know if your hearing is “bad enough?” For more information on hearing and hearing aids, ringing ears and hearing aid repairs, visit our website at www.kinghearing.com. And to discover why you sometimes have trouble hearing, call 745-7878 for your FREE hearing screening. There are many different choices when comparing hearing aids. The most important decision is choosing a specialist with whom you will be comfortable and who is willing to spend time with you to make the right choices. Just call and schedule a FREE consultation with Randall King.
King Hearing Center is located in Lubbock at 2821 74th St., where our office has been in the same location since 1984. Randall is the owner of King Hearing Center and a Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist. He has worked with hearing loss for more than 30 years. He has tested hearing throughout West Texas, trained several specialists in hearing aid sciences and fit thousands of hearing aids. Call for your personal consultation with Randall at (806) 745-7878.