I am sure that many knew that I was hard of hearing! Today it will be said that I am '----(?)' challenged! But as I am also known to switch off, I guess they give me the benefit of doubt! In fact.I have no real problem when I have one to one conversation. Unless of course, they talk too softly, lisp and walk around like a Shakespearean actor as they talk. Most accents: Yankee, cockney and so on bother me. But I have no problem when Europeans speak English!
Take for instance, the chap who tells us a long winded joke suddenly drops his voice, no idea why, and I miss the punch line and look stupid while others break into a guffaw. While I get irritated with the guy not speaking clearly, I do not let it bother me as in any case I do not remember the jokes the next day!
Anyway, while the writing was on the wall, like the CWC, I chose to ignore the reality. But as the dear wife, when I do not respond quickly, keeps rising her voice for no reason, and as she does not buy my argument that I was deeply introspecting or that people do not make an attempt to talk clearly. I gave up and fixed an appointment with an ENT centre.
It was interesting that the clinic was on the street where I grew up and did not recognise any thing on the street. Speak about a sentimental journey. Anyway to cut the story short, I was tested and it was explained very well, that I had a age related senso-neural problem and was offered a hearing aid on trial.
The cost shocked me! It was expensive! The reason given was that it was not going to be visible. I could not buy that argument. If I paid that kind of money, I would like it to be seen, like the diamond studs, I see on many men's ears.
I asked for time to decide. I think I will choose an aid which is very visible and obvious. I have a feeling that once people see that my hearing is challenged, thank god for politically correct words, they will automatically raise their voice. In which case I hope I can switch off the aid and save its battery life and hopefully the unit will also last longer.
As we live in a corner building, I am also worried about the traffic noise, which as it is unbearable. Hopefully my argument that I cannot bear the noise may scuttle the project altogether and I will be left alone and in peace.