How I discovered I suffered from hearing loss

"I realized I had hearing loss when I couldn’t hear the blinker in my car. Then, I noticed trouble hearing in movies, in social situations and on the job. When you have hearing loss on a construction site, it can be life-or-death, really. I finally realized, 'Wow, I’m in trouble.'

My quality of life is so much better now. I wish I had my hearing checked a long time ago."

Michael Cave
Church restoration specialist and HearingLife patient

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I think the construction business really added to my hearing loss. I'm a church

restoration specialist.

 


Meet Michael Cave. HearingLife patient.

 

Michael walks into a church

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I was very involved with hammer drills and Sanders

compresses going off and on. If you have

hearing loss on a construction site it

could be a life-or-death situation

really. I realized I had hearing loss

when I couldn’t hear the directions in my

car and my men would just reach over and

turn it off and then they'd say to me “Mike

you got to get your hearing checked”.

 

Michael and his coworkers are working in the church.

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My son was home and he said dad you want to see

this movie and I said okay. The

plotline was something I was getting a

little fuzzy on so I leaned over to my

son in the middle of movie and said

“is that his dad” and of course everybody

in the movies here too turned around. I think I finally realized wow I'm in

trouble.

 

Michael and his sons is walking on the street and laughing together.

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I would notice it in social

Settings. Michael would miss some of the

things that being said to him, and so I

would just try to say something

to help him understand what was

going on and tried to be subtle.

 

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I kind of stopped trying to talk to my dad at

some point because it seemed like he

didn't listen.

 

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I think the big thing was

my grandchildren. My wife would say to me

did you hear what James said, he said

“papy play with me” and if he wasn't

in my vision, if he was on the side I

wouldn't hear him

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When I went to hearing life, my audiologist just made me feel totally comfortable and beyond my

expectations of what a person would be

in that situation because it was new to

me.

 

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I was with him that day and as soon

as she had calibrated what she thought

he would need in both ears instantly

there was a difference. I just felt like

I was getting my my Michael back.

Zoom in: Michael’s wife talking

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Since the hearing aids our phone conversations

are pretty drastically different like we

have real phone conversations.

 

Zoom in: Michael’s son talking

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I really wish that I had addressed this hearing

loss problem and had my hearing checked

a long time ago. My quality of life is

just so much better now. It's like

everything opened up to me like I'd been

asleep. It's just a matter of you know

taking a problem and really addressing

it and then once you do you feel good.

It changed my whole life.

 

 

Michael biking and doing sports

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I'm Michael cave and I'm a church

restoration specialist. I'm a father, a

grandfather, and a hearing life patient

 

Michael walking with his wife

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