A third entry to GC and my Weekly Prompts Definitions!
“A deaf husband and a blind wife are always a happy couple.” ~ John Florio
This week while walking at the top of the lane, a grey-haired elderly looking lady waved to me from one of the gardens. I took a second look and was shocked to discover that the grey haired lady with her hair tied into a bun was not at all old, this was a young woman, aged just forty-two and who as a child used to play at my house with my children.
How sad that her hair had turned grey at such a young age, and I found it hard to understand why she hadn’t attempted to colour and conceal it to preserve her youth a little while longer.
I am fortunate to look a little younger than my actual age, and that the odd strand of grey here and there hasn’t yet taken hold. The idea of allowing grey to take over does not appeal to me. In truth, the whole ageing thing really bothers me I haven’t managed to accept and embrace the usual definition of growing older, and I doubt I ever will.
It’s different for men, well, for those lucky enough to still have hair past age sixty-five! Many men may be surprised to learn that grey hair on a man can look distinguished and perhaps render him more attractive to women than he was before!
Pardon? What was that?
Recently, a possible age-related issue had begun to bother me and one I was refusing to accept. My memory was bad enough but was I suffering from hearing loss too?
Tinnitus was bothering me, and I’d become unsure of which direction sounds were coming from, and I was saying pardon rather a lot.
My son would raise his voice and repeat what he’d just said, and I would reply “No need to shout I’m not deaf, it’s you, you’re mumbling!”
My mother and grandmother were both deaf, my mother from childhood, from a hereditary disease that affects females I had assumed it had skipped me.
Eventually, I plucked up the courage to book a private hearing test. We have a wonderful NHS (National Health Service), one of the best in the world, and for most things, they cannot be faulted, but everything I’d read concerning hearing steered me toward the private sector.
The Hearing Test – Who’d have thought that hearing tests could be so sophisticated, and even better, they were computerised! That was me hooked straight away!
Small pads were placed around the back of my ears, and a computerised necklace thing hung around my neck. Sounds and words were played through earphones and I told the audiologist what I’d heard.
A graph on the computer screen confirmed the sounds I’d actually heard, and not only that but the graph also gave the percentage of the hearing loss to each ear.
For me, the most impressive result of the tests came from the pads behind my ears the pads informed the computer of the type of hearing loss I was suffering from. My hearing loss is due to nerve damage, nothing to do with my mother’s disease and absolutely not age related! Suddenly, I didn’t mind being a little deaf!
A Warning To You – According to my audiologists hearing loss is the main cause of tinnitus and not the other way around. If you suspect you are suffering from hearing loss or have tinnitus, please do not allow pride to put your hearing in jeopardy because by doing so you could be inflicting further damage.
In the UK, hearing checks are offered free via the NHS and in most (if not all) private audiology clinics. The private tests are more extensive than the NHS, and once a diagnosis has been made, you can please yourself whether to continue down the private route or visit the family physician for a referral.
MY Hearing – Once deafness had occurred, those damaged nerves continued to die. I now have two tiny hearing aids that recharge overnight and stimulate the remaining healthy nerves during the day. The aids are guaranteed for five years, and my hearing checks will remain free of charge. Should my hearing deteriorate further, the aids will be adjusted via the computer.
Volume was not a problem for me, but I was missing the higher pitch sounds, and I misheard the initial sounds in some words, which is probably why I accused son Joss of mumbling!
The hearing aids have been set by the computer to assist in hearing the sounds I was missing. The volume of other noise such as traffic is not affected.
Isn’t technology wonderful!
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