Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Say again


…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.

4 comments:

Bill Thomasson said...

Star wrote: >>…Hearing aids also don’t work as well as glasses, and to some people scream “old” or “disability.”<<

What's wrong with disability? [g]

Bill Thomasson
Member, Planning Committee
3rd Annual Disability Pride Parade (July 22, Chicago)

Star said...

Don't make me hit you with my walker!

Bill Thomasson said...

Star,

Can we look to see you in the Loop on July 22? Should be great fun (we're expecting 4000-5000 people marching/rolling in the parade). And a lot of people enjoy the performances afterward.

Star said...

Loop? July 22? We're walking, wheeling? No clue what you mean?