From: Leominster, MA
Program: Hearing Dog
Minimum Goal: $8,000 | Amount Raised:$462
I started losing my hearing about 15 years ago. I use to hunt and fish and when my hearing started going I quit doing those things because I couldn’t identify what was around me and it was not safe for me to continue doing so. While I was living in PA our company scheduled a hearing test and the lady that took my test asked me how I am getting by not hearing. I didn’t realize how bad my hearing loss was until I failed the test terribly.
For years i would just agree and nod at people when they spoke to me like I knew what they were saying, but that didn’t always work.
I went to see a hearing specialist and obtained my first set of hearing aids. Using them for so many years I found out that I was still losing my hearing and after a few more years I had to obtain new/stronger aids. In 2016 I had my first stapedectomy in my left ear and gained back a little of my hearing, than in 2017 I had my right ear operated on, gaining back little as well.
I struggle on a daily basis hearing things that I always took for granted like the birds chirping, a knock at my door or someone calling my name. I have found that I don’t like to be in crowds and keep to myself for the most part. I go to work everyday just like everyone else does that I work with, but I struggle on the phone trying to listen to people on the other end, I don’t hear my name being called out by my boss and my co-worker will clue me in that I am being called. I sleep at night with my hearing aids in because I am afraid I will miss either someone breaking in, a knock at the door or even the fire alarm going off.
I feel as though the NEADS dog will help me gain my confidence in myself again and I wont be afraid to be alone. That this dog will alert me to these things that I struggle with on a daily basis and I will be able to relax at night knowing that I do have someone there to help me.
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