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?