The Male Nurse with Hearing Aids - page 3

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In most cases today, it is already common to see people with eyeglasses. Obviously because of their poor vision. However, have you ever encountered or worked with someone who has to wear hearing aids especially in the nursing... Read More


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    Quote from liebling5
    God bless you, Atom, for sharing your story. You overcame a lot of obstacles, and you give thanks to the God Who helped you through it. May you pass your NCLEX the first time!
    Thank you so much and God bless you!
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    I'm really glad I found your story! It seems we are a little similar! I am a 23 year old female from New Jersey and I too am hard of hearing. I am also 23 years old and have sudden bilateral hearing loss. I discovered it two years ago when I couldn't hear out of my right ear as well as the left, and I had tinnitus. I went to my regular physician, ENT dr, a neurologist, and immunologist and they all have said they can't pinpoint an exact source for my hearing loss. They have said it could have been a virus that I had at some point that attacked my ear and I didn't know it. I believe it is part genetics. My father is hard of hearing, more like practically deaf because without his hearing aids he can't hear anything, but his loss is due to an ear infection gone untreated as a child. He has always worn hearing aids. My older brother also has hearing issues but not like I do. When it happened to me there was no warning. It just happened and was steady for a few months then progressively got worse..a lot worse. I literally just received my hearing aids yesterday (tuesday feb 25th). I went without them in LPN school and it was a very hard time. I kept to myself, I made one friend who was super helpful to me especially when I didn't hear things people were saying. I just passed my boards a few weeks ago so now I am looking for jobs. I am excited but so so so nervous to go on this journey. I just hope that I don't encounter negative, insecure people who want to put me down or belittle me due to my hearing loss. It took me a long time to adjust to having lost my hearing, which is also why I didn't go for a hearing aid right away (stupid I know). Now I see how silly I was for not getting them to start with and for not being myself just because I can't hear well (I can hear just not well, I basically only hear out of half of one hear) Now I am adjusting to my hearing aids and it's quite difficult to get used to hearing 'normal' again and trying to hear clearly. I have the Oticon Chili sp9. They're so discreet and lightweight I don't even feel them.

    How have you adjusted to getting used to how a hearing aid sounds? The only way I feel I can describe it is it sounds like it's coming from a microphone or talking over the phone or something..I'm not sure.
    Also, do you use normal stethoscopes? I was awarded an amplified stethoscope but I can hear good out of regular ones. I have always used regular ones. It surprises people that I can hear out of them!

    Good luck with everything!! Thank you very much for sharing you story and giving courage to those in a similar position!
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    Quote from Nurse_Tiffy
    I'm really glad I found your story! It seems we are a little similar! I am a 23 year old female from New Jersey and I too am hard of hearing. I am also 23 years old and have sudden bilateral hearing loss. I discovered it two years ago when I couldn't hear out of my right ear as well as the left, and I had tinnitus. I went to my regular physician, ENT dr, a neurologist, and immunologist and they all have said they can't pinpoint an exact source for my hearing loss. They have said it could have been a virus that I had at some point that attacked my ear and I didn't know it. I believe it is part genetics. My father is hard of hearing, more like practically deaf because without his hearing aids he can't hear anything, but his loss is due to an ear infection gone untreated as a child. He has always worn hearing aids. My older brother also has hearing issues but not like I do. When it happened to me there was no warning. It just happened and was steady for a few months then progressively got worse..a lot worse. I literally just received my hearing aids yesterday (tuesday feb 25th). I went without them in LPN school and it was a very hard time. I kept to myself, I made one friend who was super helpful to me especially when I didn't hear things people were saying. I just passed my boards a few weeks ago so now I am looking for jobs. I am excited but so so so nervous to go on this journey. I just hope that I don't encounter negative, insecure people who want to put me down or belittle me due to my hearing loss. It took me a long time to adjust to having lost my hearing, which is also why I didn't go for a hearing aid right away (stupid I know). Now I see how silly I was for not getting them to start with and for not being myself just because I can't hear well (I can hear just not well, I basically only hear out of half of one hear) Now I am adjusting to my hearing aids and it's quite difficult to get used to hearing 'normal' again and trying to hear clearly. I have the Oticon Chili sp9. They're so discreet and lightweight I don't even feel them.

    How have you adjusted to getting used to how a hearing aid sounds? The only way I feel I can describe it is it sounds like it's coming from a microphone or talking over the phone or something..I'm not sure.
    Also, do you use normal stethoscopes? I was awarded an amplified stethoscope but I can hear good out of regular ones. I have always used regular ones. It surprises people that I can hear out of them!

    Good luck with everything!! Thank you very much for sharing you story and giving courage to those in a similar position!
    Hi! Thank you for sharing your story with me. I'm really glad that my article still helps even though it's been posted more than 6 months. When I was reading your story, I could really imagine and relate well.

    Speaking of hearing aids, I am already used to them since I've been having them back when I was in high school. At first, it was hard to adjust but eventually you'll get used to them. Don't hesitate to call/go to your doctor and tell them all your concerns even those sounds that bother you regarding your hearing aids. Make sure you are comfortable as you would be wearing them most/all the time. In my case, I plan to have a check up soon and inquire about the amplified stethoscope. Well I can also hear good out of those regular ones, but I want to know all the possible options out there. I mean there is nothing to lose if you ask/try them out.

    In nursing or everyday life, we cannot really avoid to encounter negative/insecure people. There are some or a lot should I say out there. It's already given. Well, it depends on the situation and the people you deal with. But I believe you are on good hands depending on your attitude. You have to stay positive and be patient all the time. Be confident, always have strong guts, be open minded, use your non-offensive sense of humor and surround yourself with positivity - good people and good vibes. Don't let anger or petty pathetic things get the best of you. As long as you are doing the right thing and on the right path, go on. What we can do is to let go off the bad vibes and accept the reality, what we are and what we have and use them into good things. Don't mind those negative people out there, let them get what they deserve and remember they need love, patience and understanding the most as what nurses should give to patients. Good luck on your journey! I know you got this! I can sense your fighting spirit. Share your blessings and inspire more people out there, show them what you got, I believe you will be a great nurse. Pray, enjoy & God bless!


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