Meet Gloyd — Grandfather, Business Owner, Esteem Recipient
Hearing loss forced Gloyd, a business owner from Washington, to depend on his wife for almost everything. Now an Esteem recipient, Gloyd has a newfound independence in his professional and personal life.
Progressively Worse Hearing
As a young newlywed, Gloyd was far from concerned about the quality of his hearing. However, he soon began experiencing hearing loss after returning home from serving his country in Vietnam, and his struggles with hearing became progressively worse as time passed. Concerned about interactions with his wife, family and friends, Gloyd began to experiment with different hearing solution options.
The Battle with Hearing Aids
In an attempt to alleviate his hearing issues, Gloyd looked to hearing aids to better communicate with loved ones. “I’ve been through hearing aids of all sizes, shapes and price ranges,” said Gloyd. “It got to the point where, if I lost one, I couldn’t buy another because it became too expensive.”
Gloyd was forced to sacrifice his hearing, lifestyle and independence in lieu of spending more money on less-than-effective hearing aids, something his family quickly noticed.
Personally and Professionally Disheartened
While expensive hearing aids impacted Gloyd’s pocketbook, an inability to hear clearly also took a toll on both his personal and professional life. “Living with someone who is hearing impaired is difficult,” said Gloyd. “My wife and I didn’t talk as much because she was constantly repeating everything and eventually became disheartened in trying.”
Also a business owner, Gloyd’s ability to communicate with clients and understand their needs was crucial to his professional success. From making sure a contract was accurate to having conversations over the phone, Gloyd became increasingly dependent on his wife to help facilitate transactions and keep the business running.
Esteem to the Rescue
When Gloyd discovered Esteem, he was quick to make the change from temporary hearing aids to a more permanent solution. Not long after surgery, Gloyd realized he had made the right decision. “My life has made great leaps and bounds with Esteem,” said Gloyd. “Now I can hear clients talking, I don’t have to ask as many questions and I don’t have to ask my wife to constantly relay information back and forth.”
His personal life has also changed for the better. Gloyd and his wife now enjoy spending time with their grandchildren, who love talking to grandpa without having to repeat themselves at every turn.
While Esteem has made a noticeable difference in Gloyd’s life, the physical difference is nonexistent. “I don’t know it’s there. It’s just doing its job, automatically. Just like my ear does, automatically,” said Gloyd. “I would be devastated if my Esteem was taken away. That would mean the end of a lot of things I’m able to hear and enjoy.”
With no intention of turning back, Gloyd looks forward to a lifetime of sounds and quality time spent with family.
Want to learn more about Gloyd’s journey with Esteem? Watch his full video testimonial here.
* Individual results from the Esteem Hearing Implant® may vary.