Ok so finally I can write my first Resound One review.
On 3 September I was fitted with my new hearing aids. For me it always takes a good few weeks for my brain to embrace new hearing aids.
As many of you will know I have been on a smart hearing aid journey with GN Hearing for over 5 years now.
In that 5 years I have experienced a revolution in hearing and sound enablement that has changed my life.
As I’ve waved goodbye to most of my useful sight I have benefitted from the invaluable gift of sound.
As a creative person I’d describe hearing with Resound One like peeling an onion, the more you peel the deeper you go and the more you might cry but tears of happiness and the artistic person in me describes the experience as hearing in colours, just about the entire colour palette.
Resound Ones together with the ability the app provides for change/variation in different environments have provided a new clarity in layers of sound.
A good example of this would be a noisy outside environment (in other words a nightmare situation for a deaf person, even worse for somebody deafblind) - there is ongoing building work near where I live, lots of drilling, banging, thumping sounds and yes I can identify those sounds now, something I would never have identified some years ago, I can now thankfully hear all that racket as background noise and on walking past I can hear builders chatting and I know from what direction those voices are coming but I cannot see the builders - they swear a lot!
When I walk with my guidedog at night I am very comforted and feel safer knowing I can hear what is going on around me as I cannot see a thing, the joys of Usher Syndrome.
It’s been a strange year for us all but I have taken the time through the first lockdown to really appreciate the gift of hearing, this was with LiNXQuattro. Closing my eyes in the summertime I experienced silence, only interrupted by bird song, I was surprised to realise all birds sound different, yes I know, it took me until I was 26 years old to appreciate that!
More recently I was struggling with a migraine, usually I’d retreat for peace and quiet and remove my hearing aids, on this occasion I laid on my bed listening to the rain fall and the wind whistling around outside my window, it was so peaceful, one of the most relaxing things I’d heard, quite therapeutic and unbelievably for me I fell asleep wearing my Resound One hearing aids, I never ever sleep in my hearing aids but just shows what I’m getting from them. Silence when I need it, relaxation when I need it and excellent amplification when I need it. To add to that experience when I woke up the next morning my hearing aids still had enough charge to see me through the rest of the day which really is quite amazing. I cannot tell you how relieved I am to not have to faff around with tiny batteries, anybody living with Usher Syndrome will tell you how challenging they are having little useful vision.
Another thing I have really appreciated now more than ever is that having access to speech and sound has enabled me to continue working remotely. I hear well so well via Bluetooth connection to the various enabling assistive tech I am totally reliant on daily.
It is still early days for me with Resound One smart hearing but I’m sure as life returns to some sort of normality more benefits will emerge, but for now I shall enjoy each and every colour of hearing possible.