Tuesday, May 16, 2006
…Everyone in HA’s middle-age afflicted group is going deaf (or tuning out, there is some of that, too).
…Apparently people will go get some specs, but if they do get a hearing aid, one in six plops the thing into a drawer.
…Hearing aids also don’t work as well as glasses, and to some people scream “old” or “disability.”
…You have to relearn how to listen, says one man in a recent story in U.S. News & World Report (May 22, 2006).
…Even after you get one, the brain has to learn to interpret sounds.
…Sometimes audiologists have to get people to lower their expectations.
…The fleshy-looking things are much less obtrusive now, many fitting behind the ear, or way inside (pulled out with a string).
…HA could probably use one, but so far putting the TV volume on “20” and yelling “huh?” a lot is cheaper, if not less irritating to those around her.