If you’re one of the 48 million Americans experiencing mild to moderate, high-frequency hearing loss, know you’re not alone. Even though the Eargo team is on the frontlines battling the stigmas associated with wearing hearing aids and helping more people hear more of life, hearing loss doesn’t turn a blind ear to the lives of our own family members.

Hear’s to You, Dad!

In honor of Father’s Day, some of our team members celebrate their Dads’ lives and share a behind-the-scenes look at not only their father’s, but their family’s journey with hearing loss. Hear’s more:

Keely and her Dad, Craig

Keely and Dad

My parents are the epitome of selflessness. Both my mom and dad worked hard and sacrificed more than I’ll probably ever know in order to give my sisters and me carefree childhoods filled with endless support and love. I’ve inherited and learned many great qualities from them, including the importance of treating others with respect, having a sense of pride and humility, cherishing moments with family and friends, and how to be a diehard Iowa Hawkeyes fan.

But try as I might, I won’t ever be able to replicate my Dad’s patience. He’s always been a bit out-numbered: after growing up with six sisters, he then lived with his wife of 37 years and four daughters. Living in our house must have required the patience of a saint.

My dad’s combination of patience and humor helped him look on the bright side during his own hearing journey. Our family first noticed a change in his hearing a few years ago. We made light of the situation by joking around the issue, but over the years his hearing loss began to make a negative impact on our family. Though he knew it was becoming more of an issue, he still held onto the typical objections of wearing hearing aids until my sisters and I finally gave him a set of Eargo hearing aids as a gift last winter. Not wanting to let us down, he promised he would take them for a spin. Patiently, he did try, day after day, week after week, and was so successful that he now jokes with friends about the invisible hearing aids they can’t see him wearing.

My Dad has been a constant rock of support in my life and I know how lucky I am to call him my Dad. It’s something I’ll never take for granted. I love you, Dad!

Steve and his Dad, Don

Steve and DadMy dad has been more than an inspiration to me during my lifetime. He taught me the importance of self-worth, hard work and perseverance, and above all that family is our foundation. His wife of more than fifty years (hi, Mom!), three kids, and his grandchildren mean everything to him.

Growing up in Massillon, Ohio, Dad didn’t have things handed to him by his parents. He worked many jobs, was determined to put himself through college, and he eventually became an incredibly successful businessman. Over the years, those who worked with him respected and admired him for his dedication and the respect he gave to his colleagues. Considering his many successes, humility was and still is one of his strongest traits.

Several years ago, our family brought Dad’s hearing difficulty to his attention. He was missing more than he cared to admit, though the signs were there. Dad asked people to repeat themselves, turned up the volume a little too loud while watching Cleveland Indians games, and fatigue caused by not hearing conversations was taking its toll. The talk we had wasn’t easy but as is typical for Dad, he knew he needed to take action – and did. Without delay, he forged ahead and began using his hearing aids. The improvement in his lifestyle was immediate! To this day, he doesn’t hesitate to tell people to be proactive with their hearing to live the best you can.

Thanks for all you’ve done over the years, Dad! We love and admire everything about you!

Kathleen and her Dad, Dave

Kathleen and DadMy dad, Dave, has always been my number one fan. Growing up, he worked his 9 to 5 job in addition to a side gig most weekends so that he never had to say “no” to hobbies I wanted to try, like volleyball, guitar, or Irish dance lessons. He wanted me to have every opportunity to succeed and made many sacrifices to support my dreams.

When I graduated with my Doctorate in Audiology several years ago, Dad was watching from the bleachers, grinning ear to ear and cheering me on. He couldn’t have been more proud. My Dad gave me one of the greatest gifts you could ever give another person: he believed in me without question.

About five years ago, I began to notice subtle changes in my Dad’s ability to hear and communicate. He was turning up the volume on the TV more frequently, had a hard time monitoring the sound of his own voice when speaking or telling stories, and seemed completely disengaged ifromn social situations. When I suggested he get his hearing evaluated, he couldn’t say “no” to his little girl, the audiologist.

When we found out that Dad had a moderate high-frequency hearing loss, he began using hearing aids successfully and never looked back. I’m so thankful that my Dad allowed me to help give him what I believe to be another great gift: communication and an improved quality of life. This Father’s Day, I celebrate my Dad for always being in my corner and for his never-ending love, support, and guidance. I love you, Dad!

Jim and his Dad, Jimmy

JimmyI am still fortunate to have my still fiercely independent, almost 86-year-old father (happy almost birthday!) to look up to and ask for advice. He has always been my role model, inspiration and biggest fan. He was a middle son, raised on a farm in Middle Tennessee. He believes in honesty, hard work, and doing things right the first time. He raised myself and my two siblings, helped raise two grandchildren and several nieces, and was married for more than fifty years to his “angel.”

One of the most powerful memories of my Dad took place when I was 12 years old during a Boy Scout hike when our group missed a checkpoint. Instead of having everyone backtrack three miles, he chose to ran back himself so our troop did not lose time. This showed me the importance of dedication and taking accountability for one’s actions.

Over the following years, Dad’s hearing gradually became worse. We began to notice him turning the TV at increasing volumes, missing pieces of or entire conversations, and isolating himself during large family events. We’ve just begun the journey to find the right hearing aids for Dad. While not successful yet, we haven’t given up! I see the tremendous success our own clients experience using our modern hearing aids, and I’m ready to surprise Dad with his own set of Eargo devices soon.

Hear’s to you, DAD, my hero not just on Father’s Day but every day!

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Our personal hearing guides are here to help enhance Dad’s mild to moderate, high-frequency hearing loss to help him join in on the conversations this Father’s Day and long after. We’re all ears at 1-800-734-7603.

 

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Steve as Eargo’s Head of Sales Operations, with over 25 years experience as an audiologist, Steve has helped countless patients over the years.

2 Comments

  1. I want to thank each individual that contributed a heart warming tear jerking comment about their Dads.
    Thank you
    Richard DeVan
    A soon to be Eargo wearer

    • Jennifer D. Reply

      Thank you, Richard. We’re looking forward to helping you hear more of life!

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