Oticon Vs ReSound…Which One Did I Choose?

Luckily, I was able to take home two hearing aids for two weeks.

My first visit involved an audiogram update which has not changed since my last one in 2013. Ha. I still have bilateral profound hearing loss. It’s not going anywhere people! Not yet anyways. We discussed hearing aid options and finances.

I came back in two weeks to try two different brands of hearing aids on. That process included tuning the hearing aids to a specific program that meets my hearing loss needs by a computer program. Pretty cool stuff here. With ReSound, they had to max out with the decibels. Oticon was pretty simple to do somehow. Both were programmed to my needs and I was able to get my ears impressed for the new molds at the same time. The goal was to see how and which one works better for me and return one brand in two weeks. And pick up my new ear molds.

I started out wearing ReSound leaving the office with tears of joy over how clear and how much I’m hearing. It’s also an overwhelming process. I do this every time I get new ones. I’m also hella emotional okay? ReSound has Bluetooth that’s very easy to use. I could use my iPhone to control the sounds, background noises and music. Simple right?

Oticon was not. It came with a streamer that’s like a remote and I had such a hard time trying to play music with it. I was very hesitant with it. “Why can’t it be simple?” It’s simple if you wear it less than 3 feet from you. Roll eyes. BUT…it’s way louder and is better for me. It definitely got overwhelming at first. I first wore it to work on the loudest day of the week and I had headache from 7 am in the morning til my shift ended at 5:30 pm. I was like hell no.

ReSound definitely did not eliminate the wind noise I was having from running one day. On a second thought, it also has been super windy lately!! It was constantly bugging me. The weather would be extremely nice out to open the sunroof and let the windows down….I could almost not hear music because of the damn wind. I’m like “my audiologist will fix it.” There’s programs for it. I think? Nope.

Oticon definitely had feedback. I’m hoping it’s a small thing and will go away with new ear molds. Eventually, I got the streamer to work and ran with it tucked in my sports bra. No wind in my ears. Just music. Loved it. It’s even clear. I realized that I don’t always need the Bluetooth streamer. I would use it mostly for travel. Which means I don’t have to wear those painful headphones that can bruise my ear cartilage leaving it red for days!

Looks like I’m going to need new workout gear with side pockets to hold my streamer and iPhone.

There we go. I said it already.

I went back and returned the ReSound brand. The new ear molds seems to help a lot with the feedback.

To be honest, I feel pretty good about the Oticon. The world is crazy loud and it’ll take some time to get used to. It’s also something I’ve worn in the past. These were the first brand I ever wore when I first got hearing aids. So they had a special place in my heart and worked best for me. Ta da!

Just Strong

It’s a struggle when everyday society expects you to look a certain way. Let it be the media, being a professional athlete, dancer, or just in life. I’ve been seeing a lot of women on social media comparing themselves to others and it’s daunting!

Growing up, I always saw being skinny was perfection. Mind you, I was surrounded by professional dancers that had bones sticking out. I used to idolize that. I used to see that I needed to look like that. Be smaller.

Thanks to CrossFit, I found my way out of that hurdle and see food as fuel for your body and weights to keep me healthy. It makes me feel strong, capable, and has taught to appreciate and love my body in ways I never thought I could.

While I’m in a significantly better place, I still struggle and by no means am perfect or have it all figured out.

Today, people see muscles on women as gross, steroid looking, fat, too big, unhealthy, you name it. I’ve heard it all.

When is there going to be a day when women stop body shaming others instead but lift and bring each other up. Sadly, it’s an issue for women who are just naturally skinny as well.

I’m here to show that you’re not alone if you’ve struggled with body image or self love.

There’s no need to be perfect to inspire others. Let people be inspired by how you deal with your imperfections. Strength comes from within.

Have faith in your abilities. Self-realization and success comes from having confidence. Believe in yourself. You are stronger than you think you are. Stay humble.

Here’s to all you ladies out there. Don’t stop doing what you love. Be proud of your strength!

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Accountability…

Does anyone ever have days where working out feels like it’s out of the question? That piece of chocolate looks really good? Maybe skip the gym and sleep in because you worked 10 hours the day before?

We all have those days. I totally feel this way on almost a daily basis. Is it because I work so much? Probably.

I know I’ll feel 100 times better than I did before working out. You will feel 100 times better as well.

I had more time to myself in the past. Before school happened. I was able to train over an hr almost daily. I was younger and in better shape. Life changes quickly and it puts a damper on your body. Whether it’s a new baby, longer working days, new career, going back to school full time, family time, etc. Okay, blah blah blah.

Point is, you can’t forget about yourself. You, is so important. The lifestyle today is go go go, work work work.

It’s never too late to start somewhere. You always have at least 15 mins to yourself.

Many things aren’t equal but everyone gets the same 24 hours, 7 days a week.

We make time for what we truly want. Take the responsibility of getting up earlier, prep the meals beginning of the week. Kid has swim class? Go for a run during that time. Can’t run? Then walk.

It’s the tiniest things you make in your day makes a big difference for yourself. It’s a self-esteem booster too! Life isn’t perfect. Your workout doesn’t have to be perfect.

One day, I’m doing a really hard workout in my garage and the next day, I’m like screw that it’s too cold. This happens more than often. My garage is too cold and I’m too lazy to wait for the heaters to warm it up. In that case, I will probably do glute and core work in my living room while watching Black Mirror on Netflix. (Cool show by the way AND mind blowing.)

Be accountable.

Sign up for the Crossfit Open even if it’s been two years or it’s your first time. Sign up for a 5k or marathon. Go check out a weightlifting meet and see yourself up there in a few months. Join one of the many popular studios out there whether it’s Pure Barre, Orange Theory Fitness or a regular gym. Jump outside of your comfort zone.

Be accountable. Challenge yourself. You never know what you might accomplish.

But dude! Anyone try to avoid walking past those girls scouts selling cookies? I just pretend I’m deaf and didn’t hear them.

Oh wait 😉