From: Fort Collins, CO
Nominated by: Dr. Natalie Phillips of Advanced Otolaryngology and Audiology
“I’m honored to share my story because I know people who have gone through sudden hearing loss may feel alone. If my story can reach one person and somewhat comfort them and let them know they’re not alone, it would be worth it.”
“On February 7, 2015, I noticed that my ear was feeling full, and I was getting a little dizzy. Within three hours, my wife took me to the emergency room because my hearing in my left ear was completely gone. I was experiencing vertigo, and my ears were ringing horribly. For the next three months I saw numerous doctors, where countless therapy options didn’t restore my hearing.”
“It happened so fast that it felt like my world got pulled from underneath me. I couldn’t hear what people were saying whenever I was in a group, and restaurants were overwhelming with my ears being flooded with noise.”
Chris recalls feeling very frustrated and depressed with his hearing loss, and how difficult it was to hear doctors in the operating room. However, he found a solution.
“I was starting to withdraw myself from my friends and family, but my CROS hearing aids have helped me come out of my shell.”
“Communication is vital in what I do. When I lost my hearing, I didn’t know if I was going to have to change careers. My hearing aids have really helped me in continuing with it.”
Chris continuously states how his professional and personal lives have changed and how dedicated professionals can help.
“I knew I needed to do something to try and get back to as normal as possible for my sanity. Reach out to your local audiologist, and work as a team to create a plan of what you want. There are ways to get you out of the silence and frustration.”
“I remember the day that Natalie put my CROS hearing aids on me…that was the beginning of getting a piece of me back.”
Chris Burt states that being named a HearStrong Champion would mean more to him than any award or experience that he’s had in his life.
“If I could help or inspire someone to not give up or not give in to desperation because of hearing loss, that would make my loss worthwhile. I think people often wonder what their purpose in life is, with mine always being a leader and motivating others to be the best they can be. I would like to motivate people who have been faced with my condition and make that my purpose in life.”
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