I’ve been bitten. And it hurts. I hate jealousy, but right now it stings my soul. For almost 36 years, hearing aids and I are Thing 1 and Thing 2, inseparable.
Recently my father, a relative newbie in the hard of hearing world, purchased new hearing devices. High end ones. So good that he sat in the rear seat of a mini-van with two chatting kids, a radio chiming Christmas tunes, and my mom and I gabbing away…soon he piped in, “Jude (my mom), just so you know, I can hear everything that you are saying.” What?! I was in the front seat, closer to the action and I could not hear elements of the car ride. In addition to the new ear “toys”, he also is benefiting from a new Assistive Listening Device to enable him to hear the TV clearly. Again, jealous!
The hubs and I have limited technology cell phones. Over the holidays, our gift to each other? New phones! Yeah. But I hate cell phone shopping. Instead of just looking over the phone and discussing the technology, megapixel, 3G vs 4G, etc, I am stuck asking about M/T ratings. And no one. ever. knows! Also, I ask to take a call on the phones. Most salespeople do not understand and instead act annoyed. Ugh. Yes, I am looking forward to an advanced cell phone technology, but am not ready for the 1/2 day process.
Someday, when the pocketbook is not busy saving for when house #1 sells or busy raising three little ones, I will splurge on new ear candy. Until then, all I want for Christmas is two rockin‘ aids.
- Assistive Devices: Inexpensive and Alternative Ways to Address Hearing Loss (healthyhearing.com)
- Love, Marriage and Hearing Loss: Listen to me Dear! (healthyhearing.com)
- Gift Ideas for Individuals with Hearing Loss (healthyhearing.com)