Archive for the Hearing Loss Category

What? I said what?!

Posted in Hearing Loss, Technology with tags , , on August 18, 2008 by gyma

Like most aging people my hearing isn’t what it used to be and I miss it.  I flew to Chicago a couple of months ago to visit friends and was browsing through the inane and worthless Skymall catalog.  I’ve always thought this thing was packed with stuff no one really needed.

Lo and behold, there amongst the other technological wonders was a hearing aid disguised to look like a Blue Tooth headset! 

Would you?

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What? Speak Up, I Can’t Hear You

Posted in Hearing Loss with tags , on August 13, 2008 by gyma

One of the joys of getting older is that you can’t hear shit any more.  I didn’t go to that many concerts in the 60s and 70s and IPods hadn’t been invented yet, although I do have one and use it whenever I travel to drown out screaming kids.  Still, I find I can’t hear anything Mr. GYMA says when the dishwasher is running or I’m running water in the sink, etc.  Does this happen to you, too?  I’ve also noticed that we have to crank up the sound when we watch our Netflix choices, particularly if there’s lots of dialog.  Oh, one more thing.  I love whenever I have to call our health care provider long distance using their toll-free number.  It seems the sound is virtually nonexistent on these calls so I can barely hear what the twit on the other end is saying when I call to complain about being overcharged for something (which is about 50% of the time).

I’ve been watching the hearing aid technology but so far nothing looks promising and cheap enough to encourage us to dive in.  Mr. GYMA is particularly bad, so when the neighbor speaks to him he just walks away appearing to be a complete jerk.  When I tell him this he’s like all “what?  you know I can’t hear anything.”