Congratulations on your
willingness to enter this brave new world
of hearing! If you are like most people
trying hearing aids with today’s
amazing technology, you’re in for
some wonderful positive experiences, which
started with your decision in knowing
what you wanted.
Surely over the past
few years you found several situations
to be untenable or frustrating, circumstances
which ultimately led to you trying hearing
aids now. So before we do anything, it’s
important to take a measurement of how
you were doing before you got hearing
aids. Please answer each of the following
questions to the best of your knowledge
as you were functioning before your hearing
aids trial began. Give yourself one point
for each “Well” response,
then add the total of “Well”
responses and note it on the line below
the checklist. We will discuss later as
your 30-day hearing aid trial period ends.
Well: 1-pt Fair: 0-pts Poorly: 0-pts Not
Well: 0-pts ]
1. How did
loved ones (or friends) tell you they
thought you were hearing?
2. How well
in relative quiet did you hear and understand
your significant other at 6-8 feet?
3. How well
in some background noise did you hear
and understand your significant other
at 6-8 feet?
4. How well in a somewhat noisy restaurant
did you hear?
5. How well did you hear the telephone
ring from another room?
6. How well did you hear and understand
on the telephone?
7. How well did you hear common sounds
in the environment like the refrigerator
hum, a wall clock, crickets, birds, etc.?
8. How well did you understand television
at levels acceptable to others?
9. How well did you hear children’s
and women’s voices?
10. How well did you feel you managed
hearing in daily listening situations
like at the bank, drugstore, market, etc.?
TOTAL “Well” POINTS: ________
If you answered
anything but “Well” to any
of the questions on the checklist, start
finding solutions. To improve room acoustics:
drapes, wall coverings, carpeting, and
acoustic tiles are good sound absorbers.
Closing a door can shut off sounds from
noisier areas of the house, and even indoor
plants can absorb sound and make a more
favorable listening environment as well
as more decorative.
skip ahead. Tomorrow’s “Day
2” can be read tomorrow. This book
is designed for you to reap the benefits
one day at a time. Take your time and
enjoy today’s experiences. To record
notes you wish to remember, skip ahead
to page 65.