Kurt is a 28-year-old gentleman and a married father of three, the newest being a six-month-old infant. Kurt started wearing hearing aids at the age of eight and wore a variety of hearing instruments until the age of sixteen. Then, he stopped wearing his hearing aids, citing peer pressure and the desire to fit in as the main reason, but his hearing problems didn’t go away.
“I felt left out of those hard-to-hear conversations,” says Kurt. “I was missing out on key information in certain situations and I always had to ask “pardon?” or “what’s that?”
Kurt’s frustrations lead him to Murray Smith, a Hearing Instrument Specialist at Keystone Hearing Aid Centre in Brandon, Manitoba. Murray nominated Kurt for the Campaign for Better Hearing’s Give-back program, a program that awards hearing aids to those who need them. For every free hearing test taken with the program’s sponsors, $4.00 is donated towards the gift of hearing: a new set of hearing aids.
As a worker in the agricultural field for a number of years, Kurt experienced difficulty communicating with his fellow workers and his family. Now, he is more than overjoyed with hearing aids he received from the Campaign for Better Hearing. To him, it is nothing short of a blessing.
“Right off the bat I’ve been noticing things that I for sure wouldn’t have noticed before,” says Kurt. “Everything from my six month old daughter’s breaths to being able to have a conversation with people in a loud, busy room.”