Cindy Dyer chooses Beltone:
It was embarrassing for me because when I would tell people I'm hard of hearing or I'm a little hard of hearing, I'm a little deaf, they would laugh because of my age. You know, who's 20, 21, 22 years old with a hearing problem? And they would think I was joking. But, it wasn't a joke to me and I would have to say a couple of times, “No, I'm serious, I really cannot hear you.” And they would say, “Oh, I'm sorry, I'll speak a little louder.” So it was embarrassing.
My orders that I receive from physicians are critical, and it's life and death. I can't make a mistake in hearing a medication or a procedure, or orders that happen in a critical circumstance. So, I had no choice, I had to get help.
I knew within the first 10 minutes that I was going to purchase those aids. It just was such a huge difference in my life. Sound was natural, I could hear things that I never heard before, even with my previous aids. And, I could hear dogs barking a couple blocks away. It was like a whole new world, truly, it really was.
These new Beltone hearing aids are so small and so comfortable you do not know they're there, you just forget. The sound is so natural, you don't know they're there.
Sounds that I hear like my husband sneaking into the kitchen and opening the jar of peanuts–and I heard him open the jar. It was just kind of comical. I said, “Are you in the peanuts?” And he said, “Oh my gosh, how did you hear that?”
The biggest benefit of having the Beltone hearing aids is to feel confident at work again. That I don't feel like I can't function at work anymore, I feel happier at my job, happier when I talk to my patients, that I can hear their responses, and that I don't have to keep asking them to repeat. And, I think my patients have more confidence in me, that they're not dealing with a 'deaf' nurse.
It's just been a miracle that I can have normal, what I think is normal hearing for me. I never dreamed that could have this kind of hearing ever again. I thought that was pretty much the end of my hearing part of my life. It's like putting on a pair of glasses–you suddenly can see everything. You think, oh my gosh, how did I live without these glasses. Well the same thing with the aids. You know, you go a long time without having them, you put them in and you think, oh my gosh, I've been missing all of this for so long. I never thought I would ever have this ability to hear again.