Life is just one surprise after another and that’s why we all keep hanging around. We want to see what’s around the corner or over the next mountain. After some subtle,or not, comments about my loud television habits, I made an appointment with an audiologist to get my hearing tested. It’s kinda an age-appropriate thing to do. The last time I had an audiology test was before entering the Marine Corps so I had some idea of what to expect and found that they haven’t changed much.
It’s still sitting in a sound proof room with those earphones listening for the beeps played in varying decibels pushing a button when heard. But there is also a male voice spoken with absolutely no intonation giving a list of two-syllable words which you then repeat. This time it was different for me since I found my self straining to hear the sounds at times not sure if I was imagining them or if it was only an echo of beeps previously heard.
All through the test, my mind kept repeating “I hate tests! Is this a pass/fail test? I cannot fail this test!” like a mantra. But fail I did and they suggested I get two hearing aids since my left ear was mild to moderately affected and my right ear, oh, my right ear is nearly profoundly deaf the damage is so severe. Of course, insurance never covers hearing aids although you can get coverage which I’m considering.
Hearing aids are wow, they’re just, well, wowowowowow expensive. Their cost is higher since so few people need them I read. My thought was that if they weren’t so expensive more people would use them. But they wouldn’t really since there seems to be some stigma towards wearing hearing aids just like there is about wearing glasses. Honestly, I don’t feel like I’m missing much with my low-level of hearing, but still there’s a chance I might so I will announce to the world that I am older than dirt by wearing hearing aids. Like they couldn’t tell by my hair, face, etc. So, go ahead, listen to that music loudly, hang around loud machinery without protecting your ears and enjoy yourself. It will be your turn next.