Barabara Buskirk Lane: Hearing Loss
Barbara Buskirk Lane loves being outdoors, walking, working in her yard or just sitting and reading. Now, after being properly fitted with two new hearing aids at the Henry Ford Allegiance Hearing Center, she is enjoying the sounds of nature for the first time since childhood.
Years ago, when her children were small, Barbara suspected she had some sort of hearing problem. “They were always asking me about some unusual sound they heard, and I could never hear it,” she said. But it wasn’t until Barbara’s boss brought her hearing loss to her attention that Barbara decided to do something about it. “He told me he had noticed I was lip-reading with customers, and he was concerned that I couldn’t hear. It was embarrassing,” Barbara said.
She decided to go for a hearing test and learned that her hearing loss that likely was caused by a childhood case of mumps or measles. “I was left with unanswered questions,” Barbara recalled. “I was fitted with hearing aids, but they didn’t work right. I couldn’t get used to them, so I just gave up wearing them.”
Years later, Barbara’s husband and children started complaining that the TV was always on too loud, and that Barbara wasn’t listening to them. “They thought I just wasn’t paying attention, but I was actually missing much of the conversations and sounds around me,” Barbara said.
When she finally went to the Henry Ford Allegiance Hearing Center, Barbara had “a totally different experience” from her first hearing test. “The audiologist, Dr. Deborah Livingston, is one of the sweetest people I have ever met. She was very thorough and helpful. She explained everything I didn’t understand from my earlier experience,” Barbara said.
With her two new hearing aids, Barbara is amazed at the richness of sound around her. “When I think of all I’ve been missing and the mental stress I could have saved over the years, I wish I had gone to the Henry Ford Allegiance Hearing Center a long time ago,” she said. “The hearing aids are easy to use. Once they are in, I never have to touch them.”
Barbara said her family is “relieved” that her hearing has improved. “They never complain about the TV volume now, and they don’t get frustrated when they are talking with me. This experience has brought nothing but good things.”