I was working with a patient today, who lives in a retirement home here in Florida. Her name is Bea and she is 103 years young; she is so full of life and is just amazing to talk with. During our conversation today, she told me that everyone at the retirement home will tell the new people, "Hey, there's Bea and she is 103 years old." Bea said to me, "Can't they just introduce me and not always have to say my age?"
The reason I am writing about Bea is that at age 102 she decided she wanted new hearing aids. She felt her old hearing aids were not working anymore and was ready to upgrade to something different. She said, " I want to be able to enjoy life and hear everything I can while I am still alive." Bea also suffers from macular degeneration, but still can see enough to get around and can walk fairly well. She loves to listen to the television, and she attends church services and is still able to understand the pastor when he is giving his sermon.
So many times I hear people telling me, "I am too old for hearing aids." I don't believe age has anything to do with it. I believe if you set your mind to it you can do anything you want. She can't see to change the batteries so she decided to enlist a friend to help her change her batteries. She says "where there is a will there is a way." She stands by that and she is a hero in my eyes, nothing gets her down. Oh, sorry I just lied she doesn't like it when the Tampa Bay Rays lose!
I hope that this article might help someone who is struggling to make that first step to get help with their hearing. Hearing loss does not just affect the person with the loss but their friends and families also suffer. Please pass this article along to someone you might know that is struggling to take the steps neccesary to get back in the land of the hearing.