Last week I finally got my new hearing aids. My old ones broke and since they were 9 years old I figured it was time to replace them. I have sensorineural hearing loss which is nerve damage in the inner ear – both ears. I started to wear hearing aids at the age of 19 but I should of worn hearing aids through high school. It’s a wonder I made it through school with the amount of hearing loss that I had at that time. In the last 10 years my hearing has deteriorated and I’ve been told that one day I could wake up and not hear a thing! I don’t spend a lot of time worrying about that day, as I enjoy life as is right now. I bought my last pair of hearing aids right at the time that digital hearing aids were all the new rage. I had an extremely difficult time adjusting. Everything sounded so much more precise and crisp to me. It drove me a little batty so I had the hearing aid specialist program the aids so sounds were a little softer, so I didn’t hear quite as much but hopefully heard all the important things. Hearing aids typically last 5 – 10 years. As you can imagine in 5 – 10 years the difference in hearing aid technology is astronomical. When I got to work with my new hearing aids I could hear every hum and rattle of the place. After a day of listening to things that you don’t really need to hear, I found relief when I got home by removing my hearing aids – put my head back and ahhh quiet. Closed my eyes and just relished in the quiet – couldn’t hear any humming, couldn’t hear the kids, couldn’t hear the tv – just me and quiet! It’s nice to slip out of reality every now and then and just go to my own world of quiet, where I can pick and choose when I want to hear. I’m sure most people at time want to have the same experience and they can with ear plugs – just try it and you will find yourself going ahhhh quiet!