To Hear or Not to Hear

Its normal as we age to lose a certain amount of hearing. In my case its a given since I spent so many years in a broadcast studio with headphones that were turned up too loud. But there are a lot of pros and cons to consider before surrendering to the quintessential sign of old age – the hearing aid.

I can tell that most of my hearing loss is in the higher frequencies. Snowball has a niece that has such a high pitch to her voice that I can’t make out all the words she says. Then for some reason the neighbor’s dog starts to bark every time she speaks. Add to that she talks really fast and as a result I can’t make out a thing she says. I just do the proverbial smile and nod hoping she isn’t telling me her plans to murder me.


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Most of the time I can hear what Snowball is saying just fine. I start to wonder about her hearing though when I walk into a room and she has the music blaring to where I can’t hear what I say. But other times, usually after she’s taken some pain medicine for back spasms, she starts to mumble and then accuses me of bad hearing. I just smile and hold her close, maneuvering my ear near her mouth so I don’t miss anything else. Of course that are a lot of other times its probably better I don’t hear what she says.

Most of the hearing aids on the market these days hide in the ear pretty well. But I’m thinking I would rather make sure people know I have one. Some big honkin’ one with a big honkin’ switch on it so that if I want to ignore someone I can. I can just say “Sorry, I had my ears off.” After that I’ll take my glasses off and I can Helen Keller myself through any family situation.

Yes, there’s a lot to consider as one grows older.

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After sixty some years you start to notice patterns. You get to see whats permanent and whats temporary. What's important now and what will be important later. If you want to read what I think go ahead. If you don't like what I'm saying, there are a lot of other blogs out there and I'm sure you can find some you like. In addition to what you find here you might want to check out my online stores. There's lots of curmudgeonly stuff there too.
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