I’ve known for some time that I don’t hear as well as I should. It’s become a habit to turn to Gerry in all kinds of situations and ask “What did he/she say?”. I became especially aware of the problem when Makiya and Laurinda (temporarily) moved in with us. The three of them were united in suggesting maybe it was time to do something about it.
I picked up my pair of brand new hearing aids from Costco yesterday afternoon and the world became a louder place. I’m experiencing a measure of sensory overload so, it’s in that spirit, my Friday Fave Five post today is a list of things I’m hearing louder and clearer and that will take some getting used to.
The crinkle of a paper bag. I hadn’t eaten all day so stopped by Starbucks after my appointment for a drink and a slice of banana loaf. The sound of the brown paper sleeve they handed the banana loaf to me in was extremely loud and annoying!
The sound of my dogs nails tapping on the floor. As usual, when I arrived home from my appointment, the dogs came to the door to greet me. The cacophony of them running across the floor was absolutely stunning to me. Is that what everyone else has been hearing all this time?
My hair brushing against my collar. Who in the world knew that made a noise? I don’t think it’s supposed to, and I expect I’ll stop hearing that eventually. Try as she might, Makiya was not able to hear the sound of her hair brushing against her collar so I’m assuming it’ll fade to nothingness.
The sound of my own voice. Does anyone really like the sound of their own voice? Mine is clearer than ever now, and I don’t like it any better.
The rustling of Kleenex and bathroom tissue. I’ll spare you the details, but oh my word!
I’m told my brain needs time to adjust to these changes and that they’ll sound more normal to me in time. For now, it’s just a sensory overloaded world. I am looking forward to getting out in nature and experiencing my new supercharged hearing powers, though. 🙂
There are some cool features with these aids like being able to use on my phone with them (not that I talk on the phone) or listen to podcasts and music through them (that might come in handy).
It’s a time of change and adjustment. What’s new?