My Hearing Loss Story — a personal essay from Wendy Bronstein.
This is when Kathy Goodman entered my life and has been by my side ever since. Kathy has guided me through my struggle to hear and lead a productive and “normal” life. Kathy understood my fears, embarrassments, and resentments about wearing hearing aids. This was 1988 (pre-ipod), and you didn’t hear about young people with hearing loss. I didn’t want to hear the line about, “it’s like glasses for your ears”, and she didn’t give me that. She worked with me and we found the smallest hearing aid I could wear. At first, I would only wear one, but overtime I came to my senses and I relented to wearing two. She was patient and supportive, yet firm and realistic about my hearing loss.
I have been working with Kathy for over twenty years. I am now 45 years old, and she has been
with me through all of it. She tested my babies when they were born for hearing loss. She has provided me with hearing aids through the years, and together we have watched the technology change and improve. She has not only been there as an excellent Audiologist, but as a friend and mentor who understands what it is to have hearing loss and live with it. When my yearly test results come back unchanged, she rejoices with me. She has watched my kids grow up (hearing loss free). She has dealt with my hearing aid breakages, losses, fine tunings, and complaints with the patience of a saint!
I am so lucky to have found Kathy and watch her business grow and succeed. There is no one else like her in the field. Even my brother who lives in New York City has come to see Kathy! Thank you Main Line Audiology and Kathy Goodman for helping me to hear well, feel good about myself, and for seeing me through.