Thursday, March 9, 2017

hearing aids - month one

Ok ok I did say earlier that I was going to write a new post in a few days about my hearing aids... amazing how time just slips by you... :)

That being said, let me start sharing my experience with the OPN 1 hearing aids.  First of all, they are an improvement over my last hearing aids (also from Oticon). They have changed the way the domes sit on the in-the-ear speaker and I have found that the domes stay on - and provide a snugger fit, helping to eliminate the feedback that one gets when the seal of the dome within the ear gets broken. This then means that I'm also able to leverage the power of the hearing aids to turn up the volume.

The audio quality is sharp and crisp - at least the best I can tell given that I do have a hearing loss - but my perception is that the audio clarity has also improved.

The battery life is diminished - from about 7 days to about 4-5 days - but I attribute that to the use of Bluetooth in my hearing aids - and I'm willing to sacrifice battery life for the addition of technology within the hearing aid instead of the use of a streamer device.

So even without the technology - the hearing aids are improved and a true pleasure to wear.  I'm going to dig into technology later.  I just wanted to take the time to share my hearing experience first, as all the technology in the world doesn't make a difference if my hearing experience is diminished.


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

new hearing aids!

Ok, so I'm super stoked to be trying out a new pair of hearing aids from Oticon, specifically the Oticon Opn 1 model. Dr Girard from Hearing Associates was awesome in helping me get fitted with these new hearing aids.  I'm an extremely satisfied patient/customer and I highly recommend Hearing Associates if you're looking for an audiologist to work with in the Gurnee / Libertyville area.  Personally I prefer working with an audiologist vs. a hearing aid specialist if I can - but that's my own opinion. Over the next few days I plan on writing a series of perhaps 3-5 blog posts documenting my experience with these new hearing aids.

My initial reaction is just WOW!  WOW!  Over the next few days you'll see why my head is just swimming today. :)


Disclaimer: I am not being directly paid by Oticon or Hearing Associates to write on this or will not be receiving any discounts on products or services for blogging about this.  I am just an extremely satisfied patient. :)

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Cold weather....

So today, Punxsutawney Phil the semi-famous groundhog saw his shadow, and therefore predicts six more weeks of winter.  Brr!

There's still plenty of things for me to do inside my house to keep me busy - my basement and office are the projects that have been going on for the last 18 years of my life.  Will this be the year that it actually gets cleaned up?

I think I'll get closer to doing so - I've been learning to let go of things.  Holding onto things is part of my nature, of who I am.  I value and cherish connections with people.  I value things because they represent a memory of a specific event, activity or person.  Perhaps that is why I can be a pack rat. I forget things, and when I see an item, it's a trigger for my memory and transports me back to a specific time and place.

Enough musing for now.... onto the day!


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

God cares about you listening to Him, not what is being done in His name...

Luke 10:38-42 (NASB)

Martha and Mary
38 Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word. 40 But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; 42 but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”


How often do I worry about doing things in God's name that I neglect taking the time to listen to Him?  Perhaps I should put aside worrying about what to do for Jesus, and simply listen...