National Public Radio's Morning Edition aired an excellent story yesterday on the incredible advances of hearing aids and hearing aid technology over the past 30 years. The story discusses how composer Richard Einhorn has been able to continue his work as a musical composer and other daily activities with the help of a hearing aid and other devices despite suffering from sudden hearing loss. "I compose every day. I see my friends. I go to movies. I go to concerts. I do everything," Einhorn says.
You can read more about Einhorn and listen to the complete story here.
The article created some interesting feedback in the comments section from readers of all different backgrounds, including audiologists, hearing aid users and caregivers. Not surprisingly, The price of hearing aids was a popular topic. Reader "GoAskAlice" had a particularily poignant observation
I avoided, denied and resisted hearing aids for years, based on cost. But I suspect I lost a job because of my hearing loss. It negatively affected all of my daily interactions and relationships. You can't really know what you've been missing until you try them. They have a trial period during which you can return them. I also didn't realize how hard the people in my life had been working to communicate with me. Which was not fair to them. When thinking about cost, the real question I should have been asking is -- how much are human relationships worth to me?
What did you think of the story? Was this a fair portrait of the impact that hearing aids can have on everyday life? Leave your thoughts in the comments!