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I Can’t Hear You!!! It’s A Classic

I Can’t Hear You!!! It’s A Classic

That’s a classic isn’t it? Sargent Carter and Gomer Pyle – I can’t hear you!!! Hearing is something most of us take for granted, seeing that we have been ‘hearing’ for years or ‘not hearing’ by choice. I can see why H doesn’t hear as well as he used to. Being in that band room all day surrounded by blaring horns and beating drums would affect anyone’s hearing after a considerable amount of time. He should get hazard pay.  I used to call his lack of understanding ‘not paying attention or  selective hearing’. He couldn’t hear me when I was next to him in a room, but you would be surprised what he could hear as I walked down the hall away from him muttering something not really intended for his ears. 😉

I guess I will have to blame my hearing problem on age. The older I get, the more I have to muddle through life not hearing as well. I hear better out of my right ear and H has better hearing in his left. It has gotten to the point where when traveling in the car we don’t hold a conversation for long. It is more one liners. If I was doing the driving it would be better because our two good ears would be facing each other. But…I drive as little as possible when he is riding shotgun. How I drive around all day by myself without wrecking the car is beyond me because according to him I don’t drive very well. 😦

We aren’t at the point yet where we need that dreaded hearing aid. You know the one – the batteries were forever draining and were expensive as all get out. Your mother or father may have had one and never wore it. “No Mom, it doesn’t do you a bit of good sitting in the drawer or on the table. Put your hearing aid on and turn it up!”

I have found a little trick though dealing with my cell phone. It’s a whole lot easier to hear on my phone if I use the set of ear buds that came with it. The voice on the other end comes through loud and clear – and I can multi-task easier. Have you ever tried holding your cell phone on your ear with your shoulder as you do all the chores you should be doing at the time of a call? I have tried to face-time many while talking and have even tried to include an unsuspecting third-party!

I found this article very interesting. Read this history of the hearing aid. from 1588 – now. (No, 1588 is not a typo.) “The first “official” mention of hearing aids appears in a book published in 1588, entitled Natural Magick.” Today’s hearing aids can fit on the tip of your finger and are invisible when worn. That’s a far cry from the wooden hearing aids that were carved into the shapes of ears belonging to animals with superior hearing!

So…until the day I may have to break down and admit I don’t hear quite as well as I used to, just bear with me and when I say, “What?” – Repeat that last sentence with a good heart. I’m too old to learn to read lips and if by chance I wasn’t wearing my contacts that feat would be useless anyway. You’ll be there too someday! It’s called getting old.

Elle

 

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About Elle Knowles

Elle Knowles lives in the Florida Panhandle with her husband and off-at-college-most-of-the-time son. She has four daughters, one son, and eleven beautiful grandchildren. 'Crossing the Line' is her first novel. The sequel 'What Line' is a work in progress.

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  1. Elle, my husband works in construction and has hearing loss. Yet sometimes he hears little things that I wouldn’t think he could. My own hearing isn’t as great as it was, but not bad.

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    • Yeah, it’s those little things, but you can bet if I shouted something I didn’t want him to hear he would hear it. I still think he has some selective hearing. 😉 Don’t they all?

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  2. I was diagnosed at the beginning of the year with the early stages of hearing loss. It doesn’t bother me too much but when I am tired it is really noticeable. However, I was told at that point that hearing aids are not going to be any good for me at this point. So I just have to put up with it. So far, so good. 🙂

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    • If I know you Suz, you will just keep plugging along. You nevr know what mricles will come about in the years to come. It used to irritate me a little when H would tell me to quit mumbling because he couldn’t hear me. Now that I realize I wasn’t mumbling, he just couldn’t hear me, I have more compassion and know which side to stand on.

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