Wearing hearing aids all the time.
As my hearing loss becomes more pronounced in my later years, I have come to the conclusion that it takes less effort to wear my devices as much as possible. I thought I could use them like my cheaters to read. I looked less old. The truth has been that I look more old as I have to have people repeat themselves, lean in to hear them better, or make the wrong guess as to what they said, and give a confused answer.
I don’t want to be a bother to the doctor.
“I can’t hear.”
They adjust them.
“Do I have wax?”
“In restaurants I don’t understand what is going on.”
They adjust them. They tell me to let the batteries sit for 5 min after I take the tab off. You will get longer life. I wonder why or how and I listen to them. I get longer life out of the batteries.
It is ok. I will take them out in restaurants, and that kind of active listening can be a struggle.
Tweeked adjustments can help that.
It is ok. I will only bother the doctors some of the time.
The truth is that it is never a bother. That is why they are there. I need to stop acting like it is something wrong that I did, and give them the freedom to help. They don’t know what they don’t know. Just coping is never good enough.
Proper hearing is like a good sigh for me, and those who have to repeat themselves.