Monday I finally received my long overdue hearing aids. It was like magic. I could hear everything. The TV, telephone, wife, kids, and all manner of other things were transformed from fuzzy to clear.
Well, today I took the ol' TT out for the first time with my new hearing aids in place. Holy Cow!! I think I was better off when I couln't hear all those rattles, vibrations, and who knows what all. The darn thing is way more noisy than I ever imagined. Not being able to hear all that was not bad, you know, like the bliss that comes with ignorance!
I hear all kinds of stuff with my normal hearing. Just not sure I know WHAT I'm hearing.....
You need to know when to hold them (or put them in) and Know when to fold them (leave them out) then all will be well. Don't ask how I know.
What I like about my hearing aids is that I can turn them off when I want to.
There is a story about a guy who got hearing aids. He went back to the audiologist to have them checked after six weeks. The audiologist said, "I guess your family is glad you have the hearing aids." He answered, "I haven't told them yet that I have them. I've changed my will three times."
It was my 81st birthday last Wednesday and I got a card with three guys on it. Actually they were three old geezers with no shoes walking on the beach. The first guy says "It's windy today" and the second guy says "No it's Thursday" and the last guy says "So am I! Lets have a beer"
Then on the inside it says " This birthday, surround yourself with friends who really understand you!" So I did and here I am . . .
Then I got another card that said on the cover " Did you know that as you get older your eyesight and hearing begin to fail ?"
Then on the inside in six point type it asks how I like the musical birthday card. Of course there is no music player on the card. Brother in laws can be cruel.
my mother took my dad back to the hearing aid store and told them they (the hearing aids) weren't working. The guy checked out dad and the electronics and said there was nothing wrong. Mom said "he can't here me". The guy said " Ma'am, there is no way that I can make your husband hear you"! True story!!!
Henry, did you get bluetooth variety of hearing aids? I don't use them but a friend does and he paired them into his smartphone and leaves his phone in his pocket!
There are two times when hearing aids should be turned off: (1) while driving your Model T; and (2) when watching the nightly news broadcast. In each case, you'll be happier because of what you DON'T hear.
Garnet - Yes, they are linked to my smartphone with Bluetooth. It's the really something that takes a little getting accustomed to, but it's neat.
Brian - I've been telling my wife for years that she clearly does not understand the difference between hearing and listening. Then it starts....
I found out recently that birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.
I remember, as a teenager, my maternal Grandfather smiling when he got his new hearing aids. The next time I saw him smile was at Christmas when all of his daughters and grand children were in the house. There were lots of girls on that side of the family. When no one else but me was around he turned them off and winked at me! I think he was trying to teach me something. He was still smiling when they all left.
We have a fellow in the club that noticed I was wearing hearing aides one day. He said he had just gotten a new set that had all the bells and whistles. One of the features he was most proud of was the remote tuning button he had in his pocket. He could reach into his pocket and adjust the volume instead of reaching for the button on the hearing aid. Several months later I saw John and asked how his hearing aids were working. He mumbled something and I asked again. He finally told me that his wife had kept the remote and worked it whenever she wanted to make sure he heard her.
When I was a kid 12 or 13 years old I had a paper route. There was one older couple I delivered to who were in their 80's at that time. Every month when I'd come to collect they'd get into an argument over who's turn it was to pay me. The old man had a hearing aid system that was made up of a large amplifier clipped to his shirt and two wires, one to each ear for the earpieces. It had an on/off/volume dial right in front. He'd listen to her for a minute, very deliberately reach up to his chest and turn the thing off, smile and walk away.