Today in My History

2000: A Friend Indeed
Fire Drill
Fat Redux
Finding Fotolog
Fahrenheit 911
Farewell, Eddie
Getting to Know You
On Naming Puppies
  The "Zero Years"
2009:  Brunch with Bri
2010: The Little Deaths
2011:  Burning the Midnight Oil
2012: Prague
2013: Hide and Seek

2014: Oh It's You Again
2015: Something New

2016: Connections
2017: Well,...Damn
2018  Newsies:  A Review
2019: Saturday
2020: Fun things
One, Two, Three

Books Read in 2022
 Updated 7/8
"Memory of an Elephant"
Alex Lasker
(book #32 in 2022)

My family

Bev's 65 x 365

Books Read in 2022
Books Read in 2021
Books Read in 2020
Books Read in 2019
Books Read in 2018
Books Read in 2017
Books Read in 2016
Books Read in 2015
Books Read in 2014
Books Read in 2013

Books Read in 2012
Books Read in 2011
Books Read in 2010

Cast (updated 7/21)

Some Background Links:
The Philosophy of Juice & Crackers
The story of Delicate Pooh
The story of the Piņata Group
Pumpkin pies
Who IS this Gilbert person?

mail to Walt / mail to Bev


13 July 2022

The day has come.  I have gotten my hearing aids.

It took awhile to get everything set up.  First, she put the hearing aids in my ears.

Then she had me listen to a recording about carrots so she could adjust the volume.

Then there was a lot of instruction ... amazing the things these aids can do!  Much more than I ever imagined.

So now I'm getting used to them, and am surprised at how loud everything is.  I never dreamed how loud Bouncer's toenails are when walking across the floor, for example (I was told that I would be surprised at how loud things would be).

Ned, for example, is SO LOUD in the car.  But the hearing aids have a directional component to them, if I want to set it.  We can be in the car and I set it for recording the back seat, which means Ned isn't as loud and I have no trouble hearing Walt.

First thing was to test the TV.  It had gotten to the point where I had to set the volume at 60 in order to hear it well, and so I usually use headphones so that I can keep the volume at 30 and don't blast everyone out of the house.  When we first got DISH, I had the volume at 30 and over the months it has gradually had to be increased until now when I have to have it set at 60.  When we got home, I turned on the TV and set it at ..... 20 !!!  Not only could the volume be set at 20, but I didn't need closed captions either.  The voices were clear, not fuzzy.

I can control the aids with my cell phone and Bluetooth and, unlike Eargo, which has 3 volume settings, I can control the volume like I would a radio, changing it slightly until it is the right volume.

There are some things that are not pleasant.  My voice, for example, is MUCH louder when I talk and if I take a deep breath, for instant, I hear it.  The worst is coughing.  I tend to cough a lot and when I cough it's VERY loud, but I realized I can mute the hearing aids before I have a coughing fit.

It's going to take awhile before I start feeling "normal" with these hearing aids, but oh my word...I haven't had to ask Walt to repeat himself once since I got them.  That's worth the money to begin with!



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