Hello, and welcome to Hear All Clear. My name is Brian Hildebrandt.
I developed this site to both share my hearing loss journey and help give back to others with similar challenges.
I lost a good portion of my hearing spontaneously at age 24, progressing from moderate hearing loss to my current severe/profound hearing loss at age 43. I also have low-level tinnitus and musical ear syndrome (MES).
Some of my main challenges with hearing loss have been hearing in background noise situations (office environments, networking, and social gatherings). The bane of every person with hearing loss.
To overcome these obstacles I’ve benefited from a number of workarounds, namely hearing aid accessories including closed captioning, assistive listening devices (Bluetooth, Fidelio) and external mics (Roger Pen). A cochlear implant is most likely in my future.