Paul's hearing journey

During the Vietnam War, Paul spent the majority of his four-plus-year' service in the U.S. Navy on an aircraft carrier.

Live life to its fullest with better hearing health

During the Vietnam War, Paul Bowling* spent the majority of his four-plus-year service in the U.S. Navy on an aircraft carrier. “After making three cruises working around jet aircraft continually, I have a feeling that was probably the start of my hearing loss,” he said.

However, it wasn’t until years later, that he had his hearing tested — thanks to his grown daughter who was the driving force of encouragement.

“My daughter’s a lot like me,” he said. “She’s very abrupt and to the point. It just came to the point where she said, ‘Dad, it’s time. You gotta do this.’”

Hearing loss can cause people to miss out on a lot in life, such as conversations, interactions and once enjoyable activities. Once fit with hearing aids, read what these hearing aid wearers were able to recapture in their lives.

Appreciate music again

Over the last 12 years, Bowling lost his appreciation for the music he loved until he was fit with hearing aids. Now he spends an enormous amount of time listening to his music — a collection that spans 600 CDs, 100 reel-to-reel tapes and an impressive streaming service.

“I have a new lease on listening to music. It’s really amazing,” he added. “I can hear the snare drum now on a Bill Evan's recording, and I can hear that undertone of the standup bass. It’s just exceptional.”

Get into the action

Because of her hearing loss, Arlene Halpenny* said, “I actually started staying away from the things I loved.” With hearing aids, she’s able to meet with her girlfriends for book club, travel globally, and attend musicals and plays.

“Recently, during a play, I was laughing so loud because I was enjoying myself so much that at intermission the people behind me commented on how much I loved the program,” said Halpenny. “It was fabulous, because it’s been so long since I could hear!”

Stay connected to family

According to Helen Wolfe*, her family is her life, especially her three grandchildren who live close to her. Now that they’re older, she still goes to their activities and spends special days with them.

“With my hearing loss, I noticed it mostly when I was around my grandchildren. I couldn’t understand what they were saying. I thought it was just because they speak softly,” she said. Not wanting to miss out on spending time with her grandchildren, Helen sought out a hearing solution.

“Don't put off having your hearing tested any longer. The quality of life could be so much better when you can actually communicate,” said Bowling.

“Communicating with family, friends and individuals as well as the music ... it's such an important part of my life.”

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