Thursday, April 30, 2015

Karli's Latest Accessory

Today I got the most useful, life-changing accessory to add to my favorite jewelry, scarves and makeup.

What is this awe-inspiring piece?!

A hearing aid.

Yep. This girl just got a brand new, tiny little hearing aid and I'm THRILLED!!

Let me rewind things for you a little bit. (You'll understand why I'm so excited!)

On March 6th I woke up with a clogged right ear, some dizziness and I just felt "off." I went on with my day and the weekend, just getting worse...thinking I had an ear infection from allergies. I set up an appointment with my general physician on Monday morning and she said she just thought it was allergies too. No ear infection, just congestion.

Not happy with that answer, I started searching for other remedies. I tried acupuncture. I went to the chiropractor. I tried essential oils. I would think there was relief, but hours later I was back to square one. Nothing helped me hear and the dizziness got worse. I remember walking down the hall one day at work and I couldn't walk straight---I had to hold on to the wall to get to my office.

I decided it was time to visit an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist about two weeks later. Come to find out I had Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss from an unknown cause. Then started lots of tests including an MRI to rule out any sort of tumor. They also tried lots of different medications to attempt to bring my hearing back. Nothing worked.

At my last appointment the doctor told me there was nothing more she could do and I would just have to deal with the hearing loss and that hearing aids wouldn't help. That was a sad day.

Even more upsetting was the day at work when I realized I was missing things that colleagues were saying while they were sitting right next to me. And hearing in social situations or places with background noise...forget it. I shed lots of tears those days.  

Not one to accept "no" for an answer, I finally got an appointment with one of Denver's premiere hearing specialists today. And I'm happy to say that I was able to get assistance from a hearing aid.

I listened to the radio for the first time in about 60 days. It was marvelous!

Be your best advocate. Trust your gut. Be well!


  1. I'm so glad you were able to get your hearing back! It had to be so stressful. I can't even imagine.

  2. A friend of my husband has hearing loss but refuses to get hearing aids, but when we go to dinner he can't hear anything if there is background noise - I am going to try to convince him to get one!

    Glad you can hear! :D