Yep, you read that right. I woke up this morning and took a shower and got ready. I usually put my hearing aid on right after I’m dressed and ready to go. This morning was different. I went over to my side of the bed and looked for my hearing aid but couldn’t find it. I started freaking out and knew Cheerio must have gotten into it. I looked under the bed and found this.
I was sooo pissed and upset that I started crying. I didn’t know what to do. I had to go to work but I need to hear. I have my cochlear implant but I always use it with my hearing aid. I had no choice but to grab all of my rechargeable batteries for my cochlear implant and put it on hoping that they would last me the entire work day. I always forget to recharge them so I wasn’t sure how many hours I had left.
I got to work and started looking online to find a place where they could see me immediately to get a new hearing aid. The main problem was that my hearing aid is analog and they don’t make mine anymore. Pretty much all hearing aids are now digital. I tried the new digital hearing aid at college and hated it.
My mom called ASU for me and they were able to get me an appointment for 10:30AM. I went down to the campus and filled out paperwork. An audiologist came in and took me to another room where I had to wait forever in there by myself. For 2 hours I had to listen to the clock ticking with my cochlear implant on! I pretty much organized all of my photos on my iPhone while I waited.
Finally the audiologist came in with a loaner for me to use. It was analog but it wasn’t the same one I had. The issue was that I had to get fitted for a new ear mold but it takes 7-10 days to get it made. I needed a hearing aid TODAY. So they had temporary foam ear mold for me to use.
I struggled like 20 times to get it in since I had to squeeze it to get it in. I didn’t like how it wasn’t loud at all even when I had it on the highest volume control.
The audiologist then told me that they couldn’t order me a new hearing aid until I take a hearing test because apparently they only accept audiograms that were done in less than a year. The last one I had was 3 years ago. So they asked me to come in again on Friday morning for that so we can order a new hearing aid.
As the day went by…I realized that I still had my old hearing aid from before my cochlear implant surgery somewhere in a tiny box.
When I got home from work I begged Tyler to help me find it. I told him that finding my old hearing aid would be like him getting me flowers & cooking me dinner. So he pretty much emptied the closet leaving the office a total disaster. I then begged him to look in the guest room closet. As Tyler was throwing my old purses that I had stashed away in the closet, a light bulb came on for him. He said that my hearing aids were probably in the bag that I got with all of my equipment for my cochlear implant. We found my wedding dress and threw it out of the closet in the process of finding the bag. I opened the bag and saw the box! First I exaggerated by taking a deep breath and hoped that it was in there. I opened it and THIS IS WHAT I SAW!!!
There’s two of them! OMG, this was way better than when Tyler proposed to me…just kidding, sort of. I forced the tube on my old hearing aid and it works even though the tube is not the right kind which means my hearing aid is kind of hanging off of my ear. Looks dumb but I don’t care….at least I can hear now!