Esteem Recipient Embraces Life with Renewed Hearing
Bill spent years frustrated with less-than-effective hearing aids before his life changed with the Esteem Hearing Implant.
“I tried to stay on top of the latest technology with hearing aids, always buying the best available, but they never really helped out as much as I wanted them to,” said Bill. “Esteem has been the most wonderful thing for me, truly a life-changing experience.”
A Lifelong Hearing Struggle
Bill was plagued with hearing loss since his late teenage years. Discouraged with an inability to hear clearly, Bill turned to hearing aids in hopes of remedying his hearing troubles. An avid water sports enthusiast from a young age, Bill struggled tremendously to enjoy the things he loved with hearing aids; like jumping off a sailing boat or waterskiing with family and friends.
“It’s hard to keep an active lifestyle with hearing aids,” said Bill. “Whether swimming, sailing or waterskiing, I would have to worry about first taking my hearing aids out before doing anything else.”
Personal and Professional Setbacks
Bill spent years as a field sales representative in the pharmaceutical industry, a job that required top-notch people skills and an ability to stay actively engaged in conversation. He continually struggled to achieve the level of success and comfort in his professional life with hearing loss.
“I can’t tell you how many opportunities for career advancement I left behind because I clammed up out of apprehension due to my hearing,” recalls Bill.
Struggles in his personal life also mirrored difficulty in professional life. While spending time with family and friends, Bill was always self-conscious about his hearing.
“I can tell you, nothing is more embarrassing than having to take your hearing aids out in front of friends and colleagues and being without them while at work or in the water,” said Bill.
Seeking a Permanent Solution
When Esteem became available, Bill jumped at the chance to finally have a permanent solution to his hearing loss. After 20 years of waiting, he decided he had waited long enough; Bill underwent the Esteem procedure and has never looked back.
“I wish I could have had Esteem 20 years ago. I can’t help but think my success as a sales representative and my relationships with colleagues and family would have all been more successful had I had Esteem.”
A New Outlook on Life
Since receiving Esteem, Bill has been able to unabashedly enjoy every aspect of his life. From lying in bed and hearing nighttime’s subtle sounds or jumping into the water without hesitation, Bill is happier than ever with Esteem.
He even enjoys hearing some of life’s harsher sounds. “I remember with my hearing aids, I wouldn’t hear emergency vehicles until they were right behind my car. The first time I heard one with Esteem, I quickly dove for the shoulder before realizing the ambulance was still behind a curve over half a mile down the road!”
Whether staying connected to family and friends, enjoying his lifelong passion for water sports or staying safe on the roads, with Esteem, Bill never has to take a backseat in life again.
Watch how Bill continues to embrace life to the fullest in his video testimonial here.
* Individual results from the Esteem Hearing Implant® may vary.