August 26, 2007

Random Observation

You might need a hearing aid if... you have a cell phone and you have to keep it on speaker next to your ear.

Good Grief.

Just sayin'...

Yes, my father in law came to dinner tonight. Why do you ask?

Posted by Boudicca at August 26, 2007 08:12 PM | TrackBack

I'll be happy to refer him to a good audiologist.

But warning, hearing aids are EXPENSIVE, insurance doesn't cover them, and he may still be going "Eh?" a fair amount of the time. I've read that I'm not alone, a lot of folks who use hearing aids aren't real happy with them. And they'll never get your hearing back to "normal."

And once he has hearing aids, I can tell him where to go to get a great FREE amplified phone for his house. Anyone with hearing aids in Florida is eligible.

Posted by: George at August 27, 2007 08:22 AM

George- I am working on him and will email you if I win this battle. He came into my home, and started talking to his eldest daughter, my hippy sister in law who I adore, on his cell phone and I could hear ALL of it. I finally looked over and realized he had it on frickin' SPEAKER! I said after he hung up, 'Pop, you MIGHT need hearing aids if you need your phone on speaker when you hold it up to your ear..." and he gave me a grimace. Pain in the neck that he is...

So now we have a man who is crippled, with Parkinson's, with not so great vision and crappy reflexes, with intermittent TIAs, and going deaf... out on the roads driving. LOVE that. LOOOOOOVE it.

Posted by: Bou at August 27, 2007 08:31 AM

My dad does the same. He's been to several audiologists, and they all say the same thing: There's nothing wrong with you that we can fix. Greeeeeat.

Posted by: caltechgirl at August 27, 2007 12:42 PM

Bou-maybe you should send your father in law up to live with Jerry's dad. They could take turns running the bobcat.

Posted by: sticks at August 27, 2007 05:00 PM

Hearing aids *can* be very expensive but it really depends on the level and the type of of loss. Good luck!

Posted by: zonker at August 28, 2007 06:36 AM

The problem with our "elders" is often that they don't want to admit they're getting old. My Dad needed them for 15-20 years before finally giving in. And even then, he tried to keep it secret for fear of looking "old."

Caltechgirl: There's nothing the MDs can "fix" medically, or even with hearing aids? The first thing my MD did was check for damage in my ears, like a physical reason for my hearing loss. They found no damage to fix, so Plan B was hearing aids, which aren't perfect, but DO help quite a bit.

Posted by: George at August 28, 2007 07:43 AM