Glenn has been struggling with his hearing loss for the last five to seven years.
“In certain environments, it was hard for me to follow conversations. I could hear the volume but not distinguish the words. This was most notable in restaurants and other spaces with significant ambient noise, such as theaters,” Glenn explained.
His family and friends also noticed that he was having trouble hearing.
“When our adult children came to visit, they heard me say ‘What?’ a lot, and I kept asking them to repeat themselves. When they brought their friends over, I often had trouble staying in conversations because I would lose the thread of the conversation and couldn’t fill in the gaps based on prior knowledge of the people and their backgrounds, which was frustrating,” Glenn said.
Glenn also had trouble hearing his favorite television shows and switched over to subtitles so he could follow the conversations on TV.
Even though Glenn noticed that he was having trouble hearing, like many other people, he put off getting a hearing screening for years.