and now also in the Limping Chicken – UK’s online news source for the hearing-impaired
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Don’t Hate Me Because I Can’t Hear You” by Kristen Hansen Brakeman
“We cran do your earwig pest cow,” the nurse said.
“What?” I asked.
“I said, ‘We can do your hearing test now.’”
Over the last few years, I’ve noticed my hearing is starting to go. I’m constantly asking people to repeat themselves. At restaurants, I have to lean in and strain to decipher the conversation, and at home, my kids regularly tease me about my hearing, shouting out non-sequiturs like “Louisiana Purchase” or “Barack Obama” to illustrate how far off I am with my guesses at what they’ve just said.
So, it was no surprise when, after finally working up the nerve to get a hearing test, the results were grim. Part way through the test, the audiologist stopped, looked at me as if I only had months to live, and said, “You have a significant hearing loss, and it’s likely degenerative, so you should start wearing hearing aids now.” (keep reading)