“Don’t put off till tomorrow, what you can do today. It’s amazing to hear the things you didn’t even realize you were missing.”
Discovering Her Hearing Loss
A few years ago, Kim began noticing that something wasn’t right with her hearing. At work, she noticed how often her co-workers were getting irritated with her for asking them to repeat themselves. One day in particular, she was made extra aware of it by how her boss reacted when Kim couldn’t hear something she said. The next day, while running errands she passed a hearing center. On a whim she stopped in and they offered her a free hearing test. She was overwhelmed when she found out just how bad her hearing was. When she learned that she had moderate to severe hearing loss, she wasn’t sure what to do next. After talking to her friend and role model, Shannon Ball, Founder of Waiting to Hear, she decided to be fit with hearing aids.
Importance of Hearing Better
Kim’s hearing aids allow her to live a better quality of life. Communicating both in her personal and professional life has become much easier. As a Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse, communication is critical for her. Since receiving her hearing aids, she has noticed a huge improvement at work. She no longer strains to her over the constant white noise and background noises. Kim is able to speak to her coworkers and patients with confidence since she is no longer worried about having to guess what they said. Her devices made her realize how loud she used to have to turn up the volume on the TV and radio. She had no idea she listened to them so loud before. Thanks to her hearing aids, she is able to enjoy her favorite activities of listening to live music and the many different volunteer efforts she is a part of without any challenges.
Why Kim is a HearStrong Champion
Kim is a HearStrong Champion because she is dedicated to helping others, not only through her job but during her off hours. When she is not working, she spends a great amount of time volunteering. She has served meals at a local women’s shelter, went on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic, provided in kind donations to fire fighters during disasters, worked on several Habitat for Humanity homes, participated in the 60-mile 3-day Breast Cancer Walk, volunteered at local animal rescues, and offers her services as a nurse at camp H.E.A.R.
Since she received her hearing aids, she is dedicated to helping others seek treatment for their hearing loss. From experiencing it firsthand, Kim understands just how overwhelming and scary being diagnosed with hearing loss can be, but she doesn’t want anyone to go through life missing out on anything because of it. Even if she doesn’t have the answer to what the next step is for someone, she will help them find the resources they need. By sharing her story, she hopes to inspire others to get the hearing help they need.
“Not seeking treatment for hearing loss leads to missing out on so much!”