AnkleBYTERS posted on his Facebook page:
How many of you MLCers ( Rodney , Midlife Crisis Hawaii blog ) are members of the ‘SAYWHAT???….What?….Can you repeat it….’ club ? I was until today…not ashamed to say I’m wearing hearing aids for high frequency loss. I have been missing out on hearing so many sounds that I could never hear for decades….clicking of the keys on the keyboard…wow they sound so different….many with hearing loss miss music….me, cymbals in songs, top hat….really missed that…now I don’t have to turn the treble to max and still not hear it. Shoelaces slapping on your shoes as you walk…freaked me out when I heard it for the first time. Check with your health plan….mines fully covered both ears and I can get new ones every year if needed. It’s also bluetooth enabled so you can connect to your cell phone and the voice will stream to your hearing aids….same with smart TVs (you’ll need to purchase a device for it).
Why miss a decibel of life??
As we become more MLC, slowly but surely, our parts start wearing out. And sooner or later we’ll have to cross that bridge and seek help. And as Ankles said, he’s not ashamed of getting hearing aids. And he shouldn’t be. I just wish that sometimes others would follow suit.
For example, there’s a guy that I used to work with and he suffers from hearing loss. But because he won’t seek help, he misses out on parts of conversations. You can tell by the way he just kinda smiles and goes along with the joke that he didn’t hear. But the worse part is that because of his hearing loss, he can’t hear himself – so he talks LOUD. He’s not yelling – just talking LOUD. It’s almost embarrassing to ask him a question because his answer can be heard from 3 – 4 cubicles away.
But how do you gently tell someone something that they probably already know?
I don’t know about you, but I grew up cranking the stereo. The big-ass speakers with the tuner/amp/pre-amp/turntable set up. When no one was home, it meant time to rock the house! I can’t tell you how many times that my stereo was blasting in my room so loud that I didn’t hear my mom come home. Then she pops her head in the door and looks at me with the WTH look.
Or the late-night sessions with the headphones blasting straight into my eardrums.
Those concerts at the HIC were crazy loud. I remember that after the concert when I got into my car – that’s when I could really hear the ringing in my ears.
And I don’t know about today’s younger generation. They all use personal music devices attached to headphones or earbuds. If that’s all they listen with – it can’t be good for their hearing.
If any of your young ones are looking for a good career – consider audiology. With us Baby Boomers losing our hearing and the young kids also losing their hearing – there’s lots of work to be found.
And… if you want the latest Apple product – you can’t buy it at the Apple store. Nope, you have to see an Audiologist. The device is called LiNX and is dubbed “the world’s smallest hearing aid”. It syncs wirelessly with all iDevices, making use of iOS 7′s new accessibility options for the hearing-impaired.
How cool is that!?! I’ll tell you. It’s $3,000 cool. I don’t know if insurance will cover this one.
Oh yeah, Android users – you’re out of luck. Maybe Samsung is working on it.
I know a number of musicians who are trying their best to preserve their hearing and use ear-plugs when playing. Are any of you considering hearing aids? The benefits far outweigh the stigma of wearing hearing aids. And you don’t embarrass yourself by talking too loud or missing out on what others are saying. Have any hearing loss stories to share?
A big mahalo to AnkleBYTERS for letting me share your story.