For 63-year-old grandmother Dianna Seymour, her joy at being able to hear again is summed up with one sweet word: music.
“Music! I can hear all the fine details. All the instruments,” said Seymour. “Wow! It’s just awesome to hear those sounds.”
Originally from Vancouver, Seymour — an associate pastor and conference speaker — has made her home in Vernon, British Columbia for the past six years. Working as a pastor and needing to communicate with large crowds was what made her realize she needed hearing aids.
Seymour says she had ongoing hearing loss for a number of years. She first noticed the problem in her late forties, when her hearing was tested on-site at her job and she was told she had hearing loss.
“Last year, it became noticeable,” says Seymour, who admitted that it was feelings of denial that kept her from getting help to improve her hearing. “My children would say, 'Boy, Mom, you sure have that music on loud.' My husband would turn down the TV because it was too loud, but then I would struggle to hear it at the lower volume. Eventually, my general practitioner recommended that I see Connect Hearing. He said it would be good to have it checked.”
In the end, those feelings of denial were unwarranted. Seymour went in for the test and was eventually fitted for the hearing aids that have subsequently changed her life and literally proved to be music to her ears.
Hearing loss is a sudden or gradual decrease in how well you can hear. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, it is one of the most common conditions affecting older and elderly adults. Approximately one in three people between the ages of 65 and 74 deal with hearing loss and nearly half of those older than 75 have difficulty hearing.
Connect Hearing Canada has always encouraged people to come in for a visit and get a free hearing test like the one Seymour received. It isn't uncommon for an individual to have hearing loss and not realize there is a problem because changes often happening slowly over a long period of time.
M.J. DeSousa, Connect Hearing’s Director of Professional Practice, says seniors need to know that there is nothing to fear from a hearing test.
“If there's one message I want seniors to know it's that we are here to help. A hearing test from Connect Hearing Canada can help open doors that you may not have even realized were closed,” says DeSousa. “I can't remember how many times I have heard people say to me, 'I had no idea.' Or, 'I never realized I had hearing loss to that extent.' Or, 'I can't believe how much I've been missing.'”
For Seymour, the difference after visiting Connect Hearing was stunning. She says she's looking forward to having hearing that's 100 per cent clear. It takes about one year to get to full capacity and she can hardly wait.
“Oh my! I was shocked! I had no idea what I was missing. I could hear water running. I could hear my keys tinkling when I started my car. I could hear high and low pitches, newspaper crinkling. A whole new world opened up. Now, I can actually have two-way conversations and know that I can hear. I don’t have to worry about missing things. I don’t have to feel embarrassed about asking people to repeat what they said,” explained Seymour. “I didn’t need to lip read. With hearing loss, you’re being shut out, even though you’re there. It’s nice to feel a part of things. I’m loving it!”
Here is Dianna's story below: