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Encouraging Treatment Transcript

[upbeat music]

Male narrator: This is the timeless story of hearing loss.  

Russell Henderson: I got to the place where I would say, "Well, what did you say?"  

Laura Waterman Wittstock: I began to feel self-conscious, and I would be in meetings, and I could not hear.  

Christine Morgan: My first hearing aids-- I used to do like this with my hair and make sure I hid them.  

Rick Polski: You know, I never noticed it till I was told I should go in and get it checked.  

Audiologist: How are you doing today?  

Katherine Bouton: I think that for a lot of people, it’s a combination of not wanting to acknowledge hearing loss but also genuinely not really being aware of how much their hearing is declining.  

Dr. Frank R. Lin: It’s easy to blow off and say, "Well, I hear what I want to hear." But that’s what hearing loss is, -- is that you can’t hear clearly, not so much you can’t hear.  

Audiologist: And it’s what we call the custom hearing aids...  

Katherine: I think we’re finally getting past the stigma that hearing loss is a condition of aging. It’s a medical condition. Treating it is actually good for your physical and your mental health. 

Rick: Hearing is definitely the key for my survival.  

Dr. Lin: Your ability to communicate with your friends, family members, loved ones, I mean, that’s all predicated on being able to hear someone and communicate effectively. -- And that’s what, fundamentally, hearing gets to.  

Rick: You know, that one bird you hear now, I can hear that loud and clear.  


Kathleen Marin: I would definitely say it’s really important to get treatment, and it’s better for everybody.  

Laura: [laughing] Why did I wait so long? I have no idea.  

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