I'm so glad I was able to help, Eva. I know that was a really rough time. (How are things going these days?)
Pretty good. There's a new model of the hearing aids I have, with 2 or 3 microphones instead of only 1, and they're directional, too. That would really help when I'm teaching. Insurance will cover half. I can't afford them this year due to the big anniversary trip, but I'm thinking next year. It amazes me how fast the technology is changing. I got these 3 years ago, and they were the latest thing. Now they're old hat.
Oh! And I found a short article you might appreciate. (You and everybody else with hearing problems.) It was printed in a newsletter that was sent to me by my audiologist. I made Hubby and SonofEva read it. It helped.
"You Only Hear Me When You Want To"
People with normal hearing are able to hear and understand much of what's going on around them automatically
. They don't have to concentrate or pay close attention. They just hear
. Of course, even people with normal hearing don't understand everything -- nobody does.
If you have a hearing loss, you already know that hearing and understanding don't happen automatically. You have to pay attention to hear as well as possible. Hearing takes attention
, and you just can't do it 12 or 14 hours a day.
In addition to helping you hear better, hearing aids allow you to hear with less effort
and less energy
. You can be more relaxed with the people around you. On the other hand, you may not hear as well if you're tired, under stress, or you're thinking about something else. That's why we suggest that anyone speaking to you get your attention before speaking.
So the next time someone says, "You can hear me when you want to," you can correct them: "You mean, I can hear you when I work at it."