We took Michael to hearing specialists as he was growing up, and he was fitted with a special kind of headband hearing aid. It was a bone conduction headband, so the audio processor was pressed up against his head and vibrated to send sound signals through his head bones to his inner ear. He wasn’t very happy with it, because it was always tight and uncomfortable, but he had to wear it, or else he would miss a lot of sounds.
When Michael started kindergarten, his teachers explained his headband to his classmates and told them he had “helper ears”. The other children were usually very nice, but he always acted shy and self-conscious when he was wearing that headband. He couldn’t wait to get home to take it off at the end of the day.
Making the Decision
We scheduled an appointment with a specialist so that we could learn more about the ADHEAR bone conduction system. Michael was really excited to see how small the audio processor was—he would be able to hide it under his curly hair and his new classmates wouldn’t even know he was wearing it.
The specialist then explained that we could try ADHEAR right away, so we gave it a go in his office. Michael took to it immediately! He could hear everything so clearly—not just our familiar voices but the specialist too. And it didn’t make his skin all red like the headband had. Michael seemed very keen, so we decided to take an ADHEAR home with us and see if it was the hearing device for him.