About a year ago took a hearing test. It showed mild hearing loss. No big deal right? At 33 years old I had had countless ear infections, and my ear drums had ruptured at least 2 times a year for the last decade (but the issue started when I was two years old.) Flash forward six months later and that mild hearing loss in both ears was now moderate-severe in my right ear and still mild in the left. This meant that insurance would now pay for me to get a hearing aid. I was 34 years old.
It is hard getting used to life with decreased hearing. The hardest is in crowded areas, such as the mall or grocery stores. I am slowly learning sign language. My hearing loss is called mixed hearing loss and it is progressive, meaning one day I will be profoundly deaf.