I’ve mentioned before that, as I age, I see more doctors because now apparently a general practitioner is not enough and he makes me go to a foot guy or a heart guy, probably just to get rid of me. But one of the benefits of reaching this age means I no longer panic when I see a doctor slip on a pair of latex gloves. In any case, enough of the people important to me have decided I don’t hear as well as I need and today I’m having my hearing checked. I think it’s really that I don’t hear as well as they need but I’m a team player so I’m filling out the paperwork that will allow someone to smack me in the head with a tuning fork later. I’m certainly not in the camp of people who should be holding a megaphone to their ear but if modern technology can give me ears like Mr. Spock, I’ll try and keep an open mind…and ear.
There’s a whole page on hearing in the medical history section and I might have some sort of a problem since most of my answers are yes to questions like, drainage, dizziness, ringing, buzzing and the question in my mind is, “Yea, why is that weird?” About the only one I’ve answered No to is about hearing the microwave but I may hear that OK because my hearing is more focused when I know there is food after the tone. All I know is I can hear the refrigerator door opening from my bedroom and that’s on another floor but I can’t hear the TV on the wall above the bed.
If I were the kind of guy who used the internet to self-diagnose my supposed illnesses, I would admit to the potential problem with my hearing. Granted, it doesn’t apply around the offices because most of my co-workers have learned I’m just not listening to them. And if you’ve tried to call me, rest assured I can hear the phone…I just don’t want to talk to you. And I certainly don’t seem to have a problem following a conversation so, if we’re talking and I seem to zone out, you should probably change the subject. In fact, if you’re not a family member and I said, What?” I probably heard you but I can’t believe you just said what you said.
However, I do notice a problem when I’m in a crowded noisy area…like Costco. Even then I tend to blame my wife because she makes me push the cart but somehow thinks I can push something the size of a doghouse through the hordes of bargain hunters on their way to the free snacks as quickly as she, without a cart, walks. So now she’s talking to me while facing away from me, in almost another zip code so it’s no wonder I just added a box of dog bones to the cart when she said, “Get a chicken.” It’s really just the cacophony of sounds that makes my ears shut down when I’m there. My ears just tell my brain, “We’re just going to take a little nap and we’ll wake up when you’re back in the car.” So now I’m deaf and trying to follow her and listen while some guy in a headset is trying to make a smoothie out of D-volt batteries and on the other side of the aisle a guy is cutting a quarter with some magic knife. The next aisle features an assault on ears and nose as you pass a propane-spewing forklift trying to get a hot tub down from the top rack. She’s not even surprised anymore when she says, “I’ll meet you over here” and I start loading the cart with beer. So, I’m hoping this hearing test will include the ‘hearing in noise’ test which I’m told involves someone speaking to you while you’re riding a horse up San Juan Hill next to Teddy Roosevelt.
I’m curious to hear, or maybe not hear, how this turns out today but I’m not sure I’m looking forward to hearing, or not hearing, about different aids and batteries. I don’t want to be the guy with 1000 dogs in his front yard because his hearing aid is giving off a sound only they can hear. I don’t understand why the signal that you need to change the battery in a hearing aid is a sound you can’t hear. Wouldn’t a strong electrical jolt serve the purpose better and be less annoying to people and animals around you?
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