Yesterday I fit an 86 year old lady with her first set of hearing aids. She was very friendly and outgoing and was relating some of her World War II history. She apparently was one of the original “Rosie the Riveter” girls. For those to young to know, that refers to the group of woman who kept our factories humming along during the time when most men were serving in the military fighting the war on two fronts. It was people like her who kept up and produced a great deal of our industrial output during the war years.
With her was her daughter and granddaughter. As I became more and more intrigued by her story, it became very obvious that the conversation was very much one sided. Her daughter kept mentioning that she couldn’t hear. I tried to assure her that the fitting was about to change that.
After preprogramming her new hearing aids, i inserted them into her ears. No sooner had i removed my hand from her ear than tears began to stream down the ladies checks. I asked her what was the matter, and she responded through teary eyes that it was a “shear delight” to hear my voice so clearly. Her granddaughter, observing all of this, asked her a question to which the lady answered. This brought tears to the granddaughter’s eye as apparently she was never able to get full answers to her questions when asked.
The daughter now in tears herself from observing what was transpiring in front of her. spoke for the first time. She uttered the words “mom I love you” to which her mother responded without hesitation, Linda, you are the best daughter I could ever have, and I love you.
Needless to say it was an emotional experience for everyone. There were comments made about waiting so long, and why didn’t they do this sooner. There were tears of happiness, and there was the revelation of hearing spoken speech clearly and of being able to communicate with family and loved ones.
This particular fitting or should I say conversation went on for the better part of an hour. I was making a new friend and at the same time learning from her experiences. Never once did I make an adjustment on the hearing aids. That will be done in a week at her first follow up appointment. It was an amazing opportunity for me to get to know a little bit about this incredible woman . It was a time of making new family connections, and it was a time when I could see first hand how better hearing is indeed better living.
Yesterday was a very good day………………