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Can You Hear Me Now?

October 19, 2011

Dad has always had hearing problems.  Significant damage was done to his ears when he served as a Navigator in a B 29 during World War II.  In spite of three operations he was left essentially deaf in one ear with minimal hearing in the other ear.  I’ve seen pictures of the big hearing aid box that he wore on a strap around his neck.  I remember the years of swimming wearing a pretty white rubber bathing cap to keep the water out of his ears.  At the dinner table we watched for the moment when he wasn’t chewing to say something to him.

Fortunately, hearing aids have become smaller and more efficient over the years.  Big crowds, lots of back ground noise, or rooms with tall ceilings tend to create an echo and limit his ability to stay on top of a conversation.  We have tried to ensure that the person he wants to talk to is sitting at his good ear.

Telephones were always a challenge.   We discovered the phones that have a convenient volume control.  Radio Shack has a nice little gadget that can added to any phone with an attached handset to increase the volume.  You can increase the volume to an ear shattering level that assures that Dad can hear his caller.

Considering that Dad has spent so much time and effort to hear the world around him, it is strange that now he will turn off his hearing aid.

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  1. October 19, 2011 9:16 am

    My dad is hard of hearing as well! There is a recent study done by Johns Hopkins, I think, that showed a link between hearing loss and Alzheimers. Definitely worth looking at!

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