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  •  I share your impairment (8+ / 0-)

    I completely hear (pun intended) what you're saying.

    A week or two back, I didn't have my hearing aids in.  Someone asked me a question, and I gave a completely nonsensical answer because I caught only a few words of their question.  Got some funny looks from that, but I'm not too sensitive about the reaction of others to my hearing loss.

    Before I got my aids, I had become fairly adept at lip reading, but obviously the person speaking to me had to be facing me.  I've had my hearing aids for nearly two years, and though they don't completely offer the audio quality of good, natural hearing (listening to music without headphones being one of those things), they do help with day-to-day conversations if I'm not in a noisy environment.  Then, I can't hear much of anything, just a lot of background noise.

    "Mitt who? That's an odd name. Like an oven mitt, you mean? Oh, yeah, I've got one of those. Used it at the Atlas Society BBQ last summer when I was flipping ribs."

    by Richard Cranium on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 09:45:05 AM PST

    •  I've become (6+ / 0-)

      ... so good and at interpreting partial phonemes, that I can act as an interpreter for bad cell phone connections for my better-hearing family members.

      Since I normally rely on reading lips, I have found I can't watch TV when I visit my father - because the cable box is messed up, so the video and audio are slightly out of sync. The cognitive dissonance is so strong, it is almost painful to look at tv while listening to it.

      I failed my first hearing test in school 33 years ago. I can't afford a hearing aid, because our income is too high to qualify for the programs that provide help. Alas, it's also not high enough to provide enough slack to cover a hearing aid. So, I cope by reading lips and avoiding crowds.

      •  I'd probably be in the same boat (6+ / 0-)

        Fortunately, I'm eligible for VA healthcare, and received top of the line digital aids through the VA at no cost to me.  Sounds like you've already checked into the resources at the NLAA link above, but if not, take a look.

        The whole TV issue is what kind of forced me to finally address my hearing loss, so I sympathize.  Even when the audio and video are in synch, listening to TV at twice the volume that's necessary for a normal hearing person is annoying to others in the room.

        And, being a bad cell phone connection interpreter?  That sounds like a career path, LOL!!

        "Mitt who? That's an odd name. Like an oven mitt, you mean? Oh, yeah, I've got one of those. Used it at the Atlas Society BBQ last summer when I was flipping ribs."

        by Richard Cranium on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 10:46:23 AM PST

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