Friday, January 15, 2010

Now hear this!

I saw the audiologist yesterday and he souped up my left hearing aid.
(Can't use the right one yet as that ear's still v inflamed.)

Anyway, I now have the Lamborghini of listening devices ...
The Harry Potter of hearing instruments ...
The Diamond Standard of deaf aids ...

He's not only bounced up the volume, he's also cut out most of the extraneous noise so that I no longer have the distraction when someone opens a crisp packet in Sterling or turns the page of a book in Aberdeen.

Yippee! Hello, world!

So while I'm feeling cheerful, here's my list of things that are good about being deaf.
(Cos there have to be some, right?)

1) A large percentage of what many people say is not worth hearing

2) You spend a lot of time inside your own head, which is great for writing fiction.

3) Ditto cos there are fewer distractions.

4) Family arguments in which you're not directly involved float over your head.

5) The internet is a great leveler.

6) A deaf aid can always be removed or turned down if you want some peace and quiet.

7) You can bond with your aids - grateful for the difference they make to your life - instead of resenting them. Have I introduced you to Desdemona and Hortense?

10 comments:

Queenie said...

Desdemona and Hortense? How? Why?

Karen said...

Love the names you've given your aids, and hopefully the good things about being able to hear outweigh the bad!!

Rachael Dunlop said...
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Rachael Dunlop said...

My husband's Granny was a woman of few words and didn't suffer fools gladly. My mother-in-law (Granny's daughter-in-law) can talk for her country about absolutely nothing at all for hours on end. Granny would say: 'Can't hear you, that's my bad ear.' Daughter-in-law would move around to the other side. 'No, my mistake,' Granny would say, 'that one's the bad ear.' Daughter-in-law moves back and tries the other ear. 'It's no good,' says Granny finally, after much too-ing and fro-ing 'you've broken them both.'

Liane Spicer said...

Hee hee... I love your attitude.

Dr. Eric Williams (our first prime minister) used to remove his hearing aid in Parliament when he thought any of the reps were talking nonsense. That's the myth, anyway.

Debi said...

Thanks to you all from my new best friends - Desdemona Deafaid and Hortense Hearinginstrument.

SueG said...

This is such great news! And hopefully this guy will be able to help you even more in time. xoxo

Tania Hershman said...

So glad you got a new hearing aid! Harry Potter?! Hello Desdemona and Hortense. Excellent points you make about the fact that quite a bit of what people say isn't worth hearing. Hmm, yes.

Debi said...

Sue - I'm building up to blogging about This Guy, who has certainly contributed to me feeling less miserable.

Tania - are those names in Harry Potter??? I thought they had come to me organically like the names of fictional characters. Have I unconsciously absorbed the names without reading the books?

If so, that's spooky, very spooky. Back to my quantum post, eh? And also the comments we've all made about unconscious plagiarism!

Queenie said...

Oh I SEE! Fabulous!!!