For most of my life, I can remember having a small hearing problem. Not completely deaf, just "different". Having mumps as a child and serious ear infections at the time, may have been the cause.
I lived 44 years with that, and never thought twice. I am an avid sports enthusiast. Both competing and watching. I still play rugby, volleyball and softball, with hunting and fishing thrown in. Basically your average Minnesota man. Oh yes, and I'm a lead singer in a local band. I'm a husband and father of two great kids. Through the last 17 years of marriage, my wife has joked with others that I had a "selective hearing loss" when it was convenient for me not to listen to her. Funny, but somewhat true. Now here is when it all changed...
With a big smile and thanks, I left her office. Outside, I was overwhelmed by the sounds of life I was missing. Right away, the radio in my car was crisp and bright. (I needed to adjust the volume down as well) I met up with friends that afternoon, who never once noticed the tiny wire coming from my ear, but did notice I was speaking much softer, and wasn't "leaning in" to listen when they talked. My wife, never noticed them it till I pulled them out. She was amazed and very happy for me. I now could hear "surround sound speakers! That was the kicker. Every other month or so, I returned to Dr. Schwartz, was adjusted, and soon was at full hearing levels.
It's been two years. Two wonderful years of sounds I was missing my entire life. Music is something I love, and now I am actually hearing it. Hearing the wind blow and birds chirp when hunting is awesome. The Orpheum shows my wife and I attend are now enjoyed at an entirely different level. The hearing aids are simple, and become a part of your daily routine, the same with glasses or shoes. You take them off to sleep, to swim, or to wrestle with the kids. But m ostly they are in, and I never notice it. The reaction I get from family and friends has never been anything less than asupportive smile and comments of "good for you to do that for yourself".
Thank you to Dr. Shwartz and the entire staff. I'm not wanting this to be corny, but it has changed my life. And my wife has never sounded so sweet (Incase she reads this).
PS! Dr. Stone and the new Burnsville office are great.