Last week we went skiing in the wilderness for about 5 days. On the way up we stopped at a store for a few last-minute items, one of mine being hearing aid batteries. While checking out the lady said something like, “I use these things for my thermometer all the time.”
“In my case I really do use them for hearing aids,” I told her.
She looked up at me from her register perhaps trying to see my hearing aids but I have longer hair now and also had a hat on. “I have two relatives who wear hearing aids and I don’t think they work. I think they need to go in and get them adjusted but they won’t,” she said.
Sigh. “They aren’t hearing miracles,” I told her. “They don’t replace sounds once those sounds are gone.”
She looked at me again, “But you do well.”
Crap. I was doing well right then in hearing her. I’m sure I was piecing some words together but over all I got what she was saying. “It could be an adjustment issue I guess,” I replied, “Good luck,” and I walked out.
The whole conversation continued to bother me for some miles. Hearing people have such high expectations of hearing aids. I wish I had more time to educate her before I left but it probably wouldn’t have done much good anyway.