Poul’s Story

A whole new life

Following conversations. Playing the piano. Listening to music. Talking on the phone. Before he got Oticon Chili, 78-year-old Poul Andersen couldn’t do any of these things. Today, it’s a different story.

For more than 50 years, after becoming deaf in one ear, Poul Andersen managed to get by with one good ear. But six years ago the same condition that had erased half his hearing as a 20-year-old returned to claim his left ear, too. Poul’s hearing deteriorated to such an extent that he was unable to communicate other than in short sentences.

“My hearing fluctuated for a while, and then dropped drastically. When I played a scale on our grand piano, some of the notes sounded very false, and the G and A tones sounded the same. Music started to sound like noise, and suddenly I couldn’t recognise songs I used to know.”

“Making music has been such a huge part of my life, and winning back that ability is like a miracle”

“I couldn’t listen to the TV or talk on the phone. And when I went to the bank or to the doctor, my wife had to act as my interpreter. I began avoiding social contact for fear of not being able to keep up. I could see people were talking, but I couldn’t understand what they were saying. It was like living in a bell jar.”

Unexpected improvements in understanding

“My previous instruments were turned up so high, they just sounded distorted. They also howled a lot. But this doesn’t happen with Chili. The sound quality is far clearer and more detailed than before. It just goes to show how important it is to have the right hearing aid.”

“You will hear much more with a good instrument than a bad one. Your brain gets more stimulation – that’s the only way I can explain this improvement.”

Oticon’s hearing aid Chili helped Poul to play music againA miraculous return to music

Poul now listens to music from his MP3 player with the aid of the Oticon Streamer – effectively turning his Chili instruments into a wireless headset. The improvements don’t stop there. While Poul’s ability to communicate improved quite quickly, making progress with his music took time.

“I kept on practising, and music is now sounding the way it used to. On the piano, a scale sounds like a proper scale. Making music has been such a huge part of my life, and winning back that ability is like a miracle. I can even get the sound from my electric piano and keyboard sent to my hearing aids without whistling or inappropriate volume shifts.”

“So the pleasure of hearing and making music has really returned.”

Easing his wife’s burden

“My wife no longer has to act as my interpreter when I visit the bank, post office, doctor, or other places. And now that I can use the phone, she no longer always has to do the talking. And the fact that she no longer has to repeat everything – or write messages on paper – also makes life easier.”

“I can’t think of anything that I’m missing. Chili has made such a huge improvement that it’s given me a whole new life. That is no exaggeration!”