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Case Study 1

Our first case study (CS1) is Colin age 53 and living with Usher Syndrome Type 3 the rarest of the Usher types. Colin has worn hearing aids since he was 40 years old and is currently severely deaf and has been registered severely sight impaired (blind) for several years.

Colin was fitted with GN Hearing ReSound LiNX Quattro smart hearing aid on 16 November 2019.

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Friday, 13 December 2019 08:26

Sound Sound So Good

Written by  Colin
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I have now been wearing my smart hearing aids for over 2 months. 

I’ve had a few issues, more relating to myself than the hearing aids.  Firstly it would seem I have very waxy ears, as a result I did need to visit the audiologist to discuss this as it did affect the microphone.  A good clean and some adaptations helped.

I am very into enabling gadgets and very creative in getting things to work for me so understanding what will and what won’t work with my hearing aids has been of interest to me alongside appreciating the new sounds I am now fortunate to hear.

I have invested in a television that has bluetooth so will be interested in seeing if I can connect my hearing aids to it once it is set up.

I also have some new speakers which work alongside the tv and am really enjoying hearing music via these for the first time.  I can identify different instruments playing and lyrics which is fantastic.

GN do something called a multi mic which I believe would connect to the television if my aids do not connect directly.

My confidence has grown since wearing my new smart hearing aids, hearing when deafblind is so important to safety. 

My wife Lyn and I recently travelled to Banff, Inverness to visit family, a fair journey for us.  Lyn’s guide dog had to retire recently so it was the two of us and Franky my guide dog who I have only had a short time.  We travelled safely and confidently.

It is a journey we have done quite a few times so quite familiar with the route, however, the one thing really different for me this time was the accent, I was able to pick up the difference, some very pronounced letters and words which was brilliant.  Deaf people will always struggle with varying accents so I was really pleased, I’m sure I will be picking up more ‘Doric’ language skills going forward. 

I cannot believe just how much more involved I feel now I am able to hear so much better. 

Strangely I hadn’t realised just how much I was missing out on and how isolated I had become until now.

Being able to hear and to connect and directly stream sound really is life changing and I feel that as time goes by I really will be picking up more and more.

I am really loving the fact that “Sound sound so good”

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