I got hearing aids so I could hear my granddaughters. Before they lived here it didn’t bother me at all to tell a grandchild to speak slowly, speak clearly, speak up. That’s what grandmothers do to grandchildren, for crying out loud. Then everything changed, and little voices were here to stay. I felt rude asking for repeats, so I did do some investigation. Maybe they did need to speak up! I asked Jan if she could hear them. She could!
Laura’s ENT adventure tipped my scale. Not only did her testing show improved hearing after those impacted tubes were removed, at every ENT appointment I read a sign on the counter that said Return Used Hearing Aid Batteries Here. On inquiry I learned their audiologists prescribe hearing aids. I signed on for the protocol.
My hearing was tested. It was fine in the lower ranges and not fine in the upper registers and volumes. Up where little girls talk. And a couple of my friends. And a trustee who talks down into a table full of papers. And the television. And speakers at meetings. Often the person sitting next to me at meetings. All those mumblers!
I still didn’t just jump in. Pro’s and con’s remained. Cost was a big con. I had three choices. The pink ear plug. It cost, as my mother would have said, two and a half books of stamps. I could not bear the thought of a pink ear plug. I do know someone on whom I only saw a little tube into his hear. I assumed he wore hearing aids, but, of course, never asked. I did ask the audiologist.
Hearing aids with the little tube come in two varieties. They look alike, but have different abilities. One set is adjusted based on the wearer’s description of sounds in the environment. They cost three and a half books of stamps. The other set is self adjusting. They cost four and a half books of stamps. A large pro was the thirty day right to return. The audiologist told me a set lasts about five years. I do hope they cost less in five years!
I parted with three and a half books of stamps and picked them up the first Monday of the month. I’ve been back to the audiologist twice for fine tuning and the gradual increase in volume to “normal.” That, it turns out, is not something I would have liked on day one. My brain has forgotten so many noises! Later this week I have to stop by to be adjusted to ninety percent.
I can hear grandchildren. I can hear the trustee who talks to the table. I tell Emily I can even hear WHAT she is texting. HaHa, Grandma. Did they cost too much? Well, more than I can afford. Worth it? Yes. I point out my new ears to friends who know they should hear better. Just saying. There’s no referral fee involved. I asked the audiologist.