Ron Olszowy

January 20, 2017

At seven years old, I developed an infection in my right ear which resulted in profound hearing loss called sensorineural hearing loss.

As a young child, with single-sided deafness, I had difficulty with all areas of academic achievement. At the time, there was a lack of school support.

If any support structures existed at that time, I did not have the encouragement from family or doctors to be a part of any programs for those with hearing disabilities. My interpretation of my own disability was that I was the only one in the world with a hearing problem. I was too young to have the coping skills or the confidence to overcome the feelings of embarrassment. As a result, I was isolated and withdrew from activities that involved many people.

Routine maintenance is important for hearing aid wearers. Patricia brings hers to us to make sure things stay in great shape.