Have you ever been in a meeting where you felt completely lost? Just out of step with everyone at the table?
When you’re someone like me, someone people see as a trusted voice, not participating isn’t seen as an act of not listening — it becomes misconstrued as a lack of interest. Little did everyone know that, at the time, I couldn’t have been trying harder to be engaged. I was hearing but I wasn’t understanding. And if more than one conversation was taking place? Forget it. Everything became an unintelligible wall of sound.
A colleague I’m close with at work noticed that things seemed “off” with me. And thank goodness she addressed it with me, because I was having a hard time addressing the situation with myself. She thought I was looking for a new job! I couldn’t believe it. I love my job, and I love the people I work with. I can’t imagine doing anything else. But not tackling my hearing was creating the perception that I was losing interest in my work and my relationships with my coworkers.
When I revealed to her that my hearing was causing me to disengage, she knew exactly what to do: She gave me the number of an AudigyCertified™ practice. Her brother had been fit with hearing aids just the year before, and according to her, it had changed his life dramatically. So what was I waiting for?
My provider was able to fit me with invisible hearing aids — I’m still amazed at how comfortable they are. You can’t even tell I’m wearing them. More importantly, my ability to participate in conversations at staff meetings and brainstorming sessions is better than ever before. I can focus on the conversations that I want to hear and tune out the sounds that I don’t. I’m back at the top of my game, right where I want to be.