When I left the National Hearing Care clinic with my new hearing aids, I stepped out of the door into a new noisy world. A trip home that would normally take ten minutes took nearly an hour, as I stopped to pay attention to all the sounds I could now hear...the rain on the roof, the ‘swooshing’ of the wipers, the ‘humming of the tyres on the road, the ‘rumbling’ of the diesel engines, horns ‘honking’ and the traffic as it 'howled' in all directions.
How long had these melodious sounds been going on? I had obviously been living in a hushed bubble. Over the next few days I experienced the local magpies greeting me ‘good morning’, our pet sheep bleating for a snack and most importantly I was now able to have conversations with my family and friends.
Why did I take so long to walk through that door and ask for help? Everyday, a new sound, a bigger smile.