Cindy Thompson chooses Beltone:
My name is Cindy Thompson. I'm from Atlanta, Georgia. My hearing impairment has been there since birth. I was born with nerve damage. Nobody really noticed it until I went to school. Then, my teachers recognized it when I wasn't responding. I was very shy. Or, I guess that was the effect of having the hearing loss, so I was kind of left to the side.
I majored in accounting. I had a career in accounting which is kind of a quiet career when you think about it. You're working with numbers, by yourself again. My husband, he had a very deep voice, he was easy to understand. He was very patient with me.
I was working as an accountant for a company and they had an opening at the time, and it just sounded like such a fun job to me, to be able to travel, and audit books of other companies. So, I applied for the job and I got it. I was thrust out into the world. I had to travel on my own, I began attending meetings and training sessions, I had to hear the speaker…I just needed help.
I had noticed Beltone ads before but then I saw an advertisement in a flyer for a free hearing test and I thought, OK, this doesn't mean you have to do it, but just go and find out about it, so I did, I went. The people were wonderful. They were not pushy. When I got my first hearing aid, I'll never forget, I heard things I'd never heard before. I love nature and I spend a lot of time outdoors. I love going fishing, that's one of my hobbies. Now, when I went into the woods and I had the hearing aid on, I could hear things, things I just never knew were there. I heard birds singing, I never heard birds singing before. I could hear the wind.
I had the True model. When I took them home, and was talking with my husband, he noticed a difference immediately.
Kathy, the dispenser, let me try the remote control. I took that home. We stopped at a restaurant and ate out and well, there was a lot of clanging noise in the kitchen, and it was loud to me, so I used the remote. Nobody could even see me changing the dial on my hearing aid. It blocked that clanging noise and then I was able to hear my husband more clearly.
Plus, they are so light. I don't have that plugged up feeling that you get when something's down in your ear, so the sound just feels more natural.
Instead of just being a follower, I've actually stepped into positions where I'm the leader now. I would never have done that before. I went from being just a very shy introverted person into…I will never be your most extroverted…but the things that I've accomplished I never would have accomplished without the hearing aids.