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Retirement Travel vs Hearing Well

Q. My husband and I are taking a 3-week retirement vacation to South American in late June.  I would prefer to start using hearing aids after we get back.  Should I wait or not? 

A.  I almost always encourage someone to hear as well as they can.  Let’s take a closer look at your specific situation.

    You have retired and have waiting this long to get hearing aids.  That means you spent much of the later years of your career having some trouble hearing clients, colleagues, and your family.  You have grown somewhat accustomed to not hearing well.  Putting off getting help feels familiar.

    On the other hand, you and your husband look forward to celebrating retirement with a nice, long vacation.  You have probably spent a good deal of time and effort to arrange the 3-week trip.  If you can hear better during the trip, you and your husband are both likely to enjoy it more. 

    Before you leave, there is still time to get a hearing test and go through a trial for some new hearing aids.  Doing this before you leave will give you time to acclimate to hearing better and allow you to grow more comfortable and confident using your new hearing aids.  Consider hearing better and having a better vacation.