I have been struggling a bit to hear clearly under certain circumstances. I am bothered when I am in crowds or trying to listen to someone with a soft, higher pitched voice. I imagine my husband has more examples he could share 😊.
I was particularly concerned about my hearing after I read this article: Dementia and Hearing Loss, the Silent Connection.
There are 3 (scary) risk factors associated with hearing loss and dementia:
- Social Isolation
- Cerebral atrophy (brain shrinkage) ☹
- Cognitive overload
This prompted me to get my hearing tested ASAP!
One of my friends is sold on Costco’s hearing aids, so I decided to give it a try. The hearing test is free at Costco and the hearing aids are probably ¼ of what they would cost elsewhere. I had my hearing test on Friday and I am now also sold on Costco.
The VERY GOOD news is that I don’t need hearing aids yet!
The cartoon on the lower left of today’s collage is me jumping for joy!
But I do have a mild hearing loss.
In addition to being tested again in 2 years, I need to be sure and wear earplugs when I am around loud noises. The audiologist talked about how airplanes are particularly bad. I can attest to that after our recent trip to Kauai. Boy, it is constant roar in the cabin! I use noise cancelling headphones, but they don’t seem to make that much of a difference. Other ways to lower my chances of hearing loss are to keep my heart healthy (the answer to everything) and not to smoke (I’m good there)!
She also told me to speak up to people I can’t hear well, tell them I have a mild hearing loss, and ask them to speak up!
And on the far end of the hearing loss continuum, we saw this year’s best picture, CODA, on Sunday. Like two of my favorites, Maria Shriver and Mary Ann Picket, we absolutely loved it! It was wonderful on so many levels. IMO, every character deserved an Oscar nod. The daughter, Ruby, knocked my socks off!
The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.Peter Drucker