My appointment to get fitted for my new widex hearing aids was today. They are super neat and top of the line in terms of being the best technology currently on the market. My hearing aids not only interface with one another but can also detect when I am in a certain setting (like having a conversation, in an urban environment, in nature, etc) and adjust accordingly, which is pretty new (and cool) technology. And besides being very cool to work with, aesthetically I am digging the pair I picked out: rose-gold hearing aids with pink and gold sparkle molds, because let’s be honest, style matters.
One thing I didn’t count on was just how crisp everything sounds, it is going to take some adjusting because I am hearing sounds I previously have never heard (or my brain had automatically tuned out because it wasn’t helpful for processing). Hearing my own voice is probably one of the oddest things I have to adjust too as it constantly feels like I am listening to a video recording of myself talking, I keep thinking to myself, “Oh! Thats what I sound like???! Yikes.” This of course isn’t a bad thing but it is certainly something I had not anticipated. One thing I keep thinking and wanting to stress to people when I talk about these new hearing aids is how although they are great (and they are pretty great) they are only an assistance- they do not remove my deafness. Regardless of how they assist me, there are still things I am never going to hear or misunderstand and that is okay. My hearing aids assist me in hearing and processing sounds I might otherwise never encounter but by wearing them I am not trying to “hide or reduce” my deafness (which is a common misconception hearing people seem to have… nor does wearing hearing aids “fix” my deafness). I am merely making a choice that is right for me, to often wear such a device. But that doesn’t mean wearing hearing aids devalues my experiences or the way I choose to identify.