I went to see my audiologist again while in Salt Lake earlier this week (back in AZ now). I logged in on a total of 577 hours with my hearing aids since I last saw him. It averaged out to 9 hours a day. I said something like, “Not ten yet but I’m working on it.” He said he was thrilled and “I’m not going to split hairs with you. That’s great! You were only averaging 3 hours a day the last time.”
So he turned up my hearing aids a bit. He told me he only turned them up a tiny bit but it sure seems like a lot to me. I spend a lot of time in my noisy environment program. I can hear my cat meow a lot more. He is a talker! I even heard him from behind me while we were driving down the road. (He stays with my mom when I’m gone for an extended time.) It’s nice to hear him. I mostly lip read my cat before this current audiologist reprogrammed my hearing aids.
I think I hear more birds too. I’m at the city library now and I’m amazed at all the noise in here, even in my less volume noise program. Aren’t libraries supposed to be quiet? I had to ask my mom to not talk as loud as she normally does.
When I take my hearing aids out, I really do feel nearly deaf. I’m shocked each time how little I do hear even though in a way the quiet is welcome.
I asked my audiologist to make me a note for Motor Vehicle Division here to add to my driver’s license, a note saying I’m hard of hearing since the MVD won’t take my word for it. This way, if I’m ever pulled over or in an accident, the police or emergency people know what to expect. He was happy to write one up for me and put in it I have a moderate to profound hearing loss. I do? I didn’t know I was that bad. I thought it was mild to profound.
This makes me wonder at how well I do in the world. I feel like I get along fine but how much struggle do I put into hearing without knowing it?