Although describing his life as fairly relaxed, Moshe Bernstein (59) was increasingly frustrated by difficulties he was finding in following conversations in noisy environments and clearly following the dialogue within a good movie. Six months on from being fitted with the practically invisible Oticon Intiga hearing aids, Moshe is again greatly enjoying the ease with which he can head out into the world.
Fluent in Chinese (Mandarin) and currently working on his Ph.D. in Asian studies at the University of Western Australia, Moshe noticed that he was finding it increasingly difficult to remain actively involved in conversations – particularly in noisy settings. Moshe remembers: –
“It could be extremely frustrating sitting around a table participating in seminars… when the fan was whirring and the speaker was across from me I often could not understand a word. The hearing aids have changed that… sounds are now discernible.”
These problems extended to great difficulty in social situations and parties, during which Moshe would feel “on the outside” of conversations.But like many in his situation, it took some time before he took the steps to do something about it. He respondedto an invitation from The Art of Hearing earlier this year to undertake a free trial the latest in discreet hearing solutions.
In addition to tackling the effects of hearing loss, the Oticon Intiga also promised to be ‘practically invisible’ to others.
“I definitely had a vanity issue and preferred that other people did not notice that I was wearing hearing aids… even my son did not notice that I was wearing the hearing aids for a couple of months before I told him!”
Now life is much easier with the use of his hearing aids. In an ultimate test of hearing in noisy environments, Moshe and his wife were in China earlier in the year. It was part of his research into a 1,000-year-old Jewish community living within central China in a town named Kaifeng.
“There is no doubt that wearing hearing aids greatly enhanced my ability to communicate when in China. I am very much looking forward to returning to continue my research next year.” Moshe said.
Being able to give the hearing aids a thorough test and assess the difference that they could make to his life, before purchase, was also greatly appreciated. While reporting that it took a little bit of time to adapt to wearing the hearing aids. Moshe concludes:
“My wife has also noticed a change in my ability to hear and converse more freely with others. I am extremely grateful to the team at The Art of Hearing for the opportunity to trial the hearing aids and would encourage others to do the same.”
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