Interview with Song Xiaobo

Interviewer: Thank you for agreeing to speak with us for a few moments today. I know you have suffered from profound hearing loss since you were born, can you please tell us more about your hearing situation?

Song Xiaobo: I was born with hearing loss and unfortunately I didn't get any professional assistance early enough, so, even if I wear the hearing aids, my daily communication still requires lip-reading and sign language.

Interviewer: Today you were fitted with two GN Resound Alera 9 hearing aids. Could you please tell us, what is your first impression?

Song Xiaobo: First of all I want to express my deepest gratitude to NEW WAVE- european hearing solutions for very professional services they have provided me with. The hearing tests, hearing aids selection and then fitting the selected devices was very professional and I must say I am very impressed by NEW WAVE's standards and the way how the audiologists approach the patient.

There is a big difference between my old hearing aids and the new one Daniel has fitted for me. With my new Alera 9 hearing aids I can easily localize the sound, the speech is much clearer and the sound quality is much better too. All the above makes the listening less tiring for me, which is very important for every hearing impaired person.

Interviewer: What about the wireless accessories? Do you find them helpful?

Song Xiaobo: Sure! This is the first time when I can actually hear the sound of the text message or the phone ringing directly in my hearing aids. I believe that phone clip and remote microphone can be a big improvement both in my work and private life.

Interviewer: The last question. As you know there are still many people who have hearing loss, but are very reluctant to wear the hearing aids. Do you have any advice for them?

Song Xiaobo: Yes. I do understand that a lot of people in China refuse to try hearing aids for many reasons. Actually I was one of them myself, but now I regret it. If I have only fitted hearing aids when I was a child, I could benefit from my hearing devices even more. I could have a normal childhood and wouldn't have to struggle for such a long time.

I understand now the importance of hearing and that properly fitted hearing aids are crucial in enhancing the quality of your life. The most important is to select the professional hearing care center and simply make an appointment with the audiologist. Please do not wait with fitting hearing aids, as the earlier you get them the better the outcome will be.

Interviewer: Thank you for the interview and good luck!

Song Xiaobo: Thank you!

Cao Shu Yue

Cao Shu Yue went to Hong Kong on the 8th of July to get her Cochlear Implant surgery done. The following is her own account of her experience:

"This year, I went to Hong Kong to have an operation on July.8. I switched on the second day. As the time as I listened the sound through cochlear, I felt the power pulled my nerve in my brain. The feeling made me very uncomfortable and sleepy. But I felt it comfortable and naturally later.

When I came back home, I began to have cochlear. At the beginning, I always heard the sound of ticking. I was fidgety about it, and did not want to have cochlear. However, after a week, the sound of ticking disappeared. Instead, I could hear a lot of sound from nature that I never heard before, such as the sound of cicadas' and birds' singing and the second hand moving, even the sound when the car turned on the left or the right turning light. Nevertheless, when my family members talked to me, I could hear the sound, but I could not understand what they said. Also, when I listened to music, I could not know what the singer sang.

After 10 days, I have mapping again. After this mapping, I felt the sound had much louder and could hear more sounds. Moreover, I felt the sound became more natural. I began to distinguish different sounds, and the sound when cars came and closed the door could also be heard. However, it was still a problem for me to understand people's words. It was happy that I had a big progress that I could understand people's words if they spoke very slowly, and I could listen to music and knew what they sang. But I still could not distinguish four tones and the differences between men's and women's sounds.

Twenty days passed, I had the third mapping. The four sections are opened. I felt the sound was not as shrill as before. It became more comfortable for me to hear. In addition, I could distinguish men's and women's sounds in music and began to enjoy music. I hope it can be even better and better in the future".