California Retiree Regains Confidence and Love for Music with Esteem
Yvonne, a retiree from California, began to notice her hearing struggle in her early thirties. Still a young professional with a busy life full of activities, she was worried hearing loss would keep her from enjoying the things she loved to do most. It was this concern for her hearing and subsequent feelings of isolation that eventually led her to Esteem.
Young. Successful. Hard of Hearing?
When Yvonne noticed a growing difficulty to understand family, friends and colleagues, she was quick to deny any sign of potential hearing loss. “I thought I was much too young to have hearing loss,” said Yvonne. “I just didn’t think it could happen to me at that age and I certainly didn’t want to wear hearing aids.” Unfortunately for Yvonne, her hearing loss slowly progressed as she entered her early forties, forcing her to explore options to improve her hearing.
The Struggle with Hearing Aids Begins
Fast-forward a decade and Yvonne’s hearing loss had progressed to a point at which she thought hearing aids were her only option to alleviate her poor hearing. However, it quickly became apparent that Yvonne and hearing aids were a less-than-compatible match. “My hearing aids just felt like plugs in my ear and I was constantly having to take them out because they were blocking sound instead of amplifying it. But when I would take them out, I still couldn’t hear.”
As a program manager at her local community college, daily activities that included interacting with students and advisory board members necessitated the communication and listening skills that her hearing aids simply could not give her.
Growing Isolation and Withdrawal
Yvonne’s professional life was not the only part of her life impacted by hearing loss. Self-conscious about her constant need to ask people to repeat themselves in conversations and concerned over being left out due to an inability to hear clearly, Yvonne progressively isolated herself from family and friends.
Hearing loss also kept her from the activities she once loved, including a passion for singing in her church choir. “I had to stop singing because I couldn’t hear the sounds, which was absolutely heartbreaking for me,” said Yvonne. “Hearing loss makes it difficult to be outgoing and participate in community activities like that because you are always worrying about whether or not you will hear what people are saying.” Isolated from the people and activities she once loved, Yvonne decided to make a permanent change.
A More Effective, Permanent Option
After years of struggle with hearing aids, one of Yvonne’s colleagues mentioned Esteem as a long-term solution to her hearing loss. Thanks to her colleague’s help, Yvonne was able to connect with other recipients, all whom shouted its praises. “Everyone said it made such wonderful difference in their lives, so I decided it may be time for me to make the jump to Esteem as well,” said Yvonne. After consulting with her Esteem surgeon, Yvonne quickly made her decision to move forward with the procedure.
A Life-Changing Solution
It was not long after Yvonne received Esteem that she knew she had made the right choice. “When you’ve lost something and are able to get it back, it’s just the most wonderful feeling. With Esteem, I can finally do all the things I love doing – going to movies, watching plays and listening to concerts are all things I can now do without worrying about missing out.”
As for the music, Yvonne quickly rejoined her church choir and found a renewed love for music with great hearing. “I’m so happy with my Esteem,” said Yvonne. “It really is a miracle to have my hearing back.”
Watch how Esteem has changed Yvonne’s life in more way than one in her full testimonial video here.
* Individual results from the Esteem Hearing Implant® may vary.