After many years of asking my wife to repeat what she said and telling my kid to stop mumbling when he talks to me, I went in for an eval for hearing aids. Unsurprisingly, I was diagnosed with moderate loss in both ears. TJ and Micah weren’t the only ones who have been pushing me to get my ears checked, many co-workers and friends teased me and told me to get some damn hearing aids. It was a big joke. Until it wasn’t anymore.
Like a lot of people, it took me a long time to get to the point where I had to get over myself and bite the bullet. I recently read that it takes the average person something like seven to ten years to finally suck it up and get hearing aids. It may have taken me a bit longer but after TJ got ticked at me one day a few weeks ago, I knew I couldn’t put it off anymore.
More than anything, I didn’t want to be seen as being old and frail. I already have bad eyes and prematurely gray hair. Well, it was premature 20 years ago… Now that I have them, though, I can see that I didn’t have anything to worry about. Of course, timing is a big player in my feelings. Last April there was a big technological advance and I was able to get some cutting edge devices. And they connect directly to my iOS devices so no more earbuds for me; everything plays through the speakers in my ears. And they’re nearly invisible.
I’ve had them for just under 24 hours and I’ve spend a chunk of that time walking around the house muting them for a few seconds to compare what I hear with my naked ears with what I can hear with the devices. I had no idea I was missing so much. I can hear most things but I didn’t realize how big the difference was with higher tones. As I was walking around the house last night putting the blinds and shades down, I was surprised by how loud the crickets were. I took the aids out of my head and I couldn’t hear them at all. This has been a big eye opening experience.
I’m still getting used to the feel of them but I think it was a good move. I’m also pretty sure my family will appreciate not having to have to repeat themselves so often.