What's in this blog? Hearing Loss and Hearing Aids

"Mankind is terrified of silence, is uncomfortable in the quiet, is this the reason they need so much going on around them that is noisy? "

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Quick, Where's the Volume Control? Cafe Java

What do you do on a cold, wet, rainy day at lunch time? Eat lunch at Cafe Java along with 40 of your closest strangers. Cafe Java in Round Rock has great, healthy meals. Yesterday however, it was crowded and noisy. The waiter said it was normal and he had tuned it out. The noise level to me was border line on painful. My hearing aids were selective, with some voices louder than others. There were four teenage girls in the booth behind us. I heard most of what the girls were saying about school, guys and other stuff like I was sitting next to them. They giggled and laughed a lot more than I do.

This lunch was the best argument I have heard for hearing aid's with remote volume controls without sticking your fingers in your ears. 3 beeps lower than normal, the roar turned into a burble.

Then I realized that my wife was talking to me. "Blah, blah, blah, blah" Huh? Hell no I can't understand you. So 2 beeps louder on the remote and I could understand what she was saying to me. The background noise became exactly that.

I heard every word the server said and ordered my lunch without anyone repeating anything. Most important of all, I could actually hear what my wife was saying and give her a no BS answer. The firmware and programming in the Dual XW's is amazing. Just for grins, I turned them off for a few minutes during lunch to remind myself what the world sounded like three months ago. There is no way I would go back to the world of marginal hearing.

1 comment:

  1. That's great. I am so happy your hearing aids work well for you. I will have to use this as an example of how helpful hearing aids can be when trying to convince others, who can afford it, to buy hearing aids. They truly can make a difference.

    I enjoy reading about your experiences with your new hearing aids. I always wanted to know what it must be like for a "boomer" to wear hearing aids for the first time.