Friday, 14 May 2010

Wierd noises in my head

There's no picture which is appropriate for this post, but something has occurred which is making me feel very old and I feel the need to share. A problem shared is a problem halved, and all that.

The fact of the matter is that, at not yet 40, I am officially losing all my faculties!

As some of you will know, I've worn glasses for ages, but only recently have I needed to have them on all the time at work. Now, this week, I have been fitted for a hearing aid. My hearing loss is apparently only 'moderate', but the difference these digital aids are making is amazing and shocking. I can hear my fingers tapping on this keyboard; I can hear the filter in the fishtank bubbling; I can distinguish all the silliness R and M are talking, even though they are in the next room and not, for once, shouting; I can even hear myself breathe. This is going to take a lot of getting used to. I've lived in my semi-silent world for so long that to think this is normal for most people is, frankly, wierd!

I don't know how long it will be before I'll be able to wear them all day - at the moment I can only manage about an hour before the background buzzing drives me mad. The technician who programmed them told me it wasn't the aides buzzing but her computer I could hear and, of course, I couldn't prove it wasn't because I couldn't hear her computer at all without them! If anyone has similar experiences, I'd like to hear from you.

Meanwhile, speak softly, please!

1 comment:

Julia Dunnit said...

Oh Kirsty my Dad wear something that sounds similar andhe takes his out at parties and gatherings becasue the wrong sounds get took him a while to get used to stuff - especially the crack of plates being stacked and cutlery bashed together at family meals and such..he thought we were doing it on purpose. I dunno about the buzzing, but you do - if it seems wrong, then go back and bug 'em!