Ear of the BeholderPosted: February 16, 2014
A week after Mom was fitted with her new hearing aids, I took her back for a follow-up exam to make sure everything was working properly and that she was comfortable with the devices. We got settled in Dr. Moon’s office and he proceeded to ask Mom a series of questions.
“Are you having any problems with the hearing aids?” he inquired.
“What?” Mom asked.
“Do you hear people speaking in a normal tone?” He continued a bit louder. “Do people sound natural or do they sound tinny?”
“You don’t have to yell,” she replied. “You sound really loud.”
“Okay then,” he said, lowering his voice, throwing me a questioning look. “So if someone speaks to you in a normal voice, like I am right now, can you hear them alright?”
“Yes, I suppose, except no one talks to me so I don’t know if I’m hearing alright or not,” she replied.
“Mom,” I broke in. “I talk to you.”
“But besides you, I don’t talk to anyone else,” she argued.
“Well, what about Bill? Or what about Barb, when she comes on Wednesday? Or Maureen when she was here yesterday morning?”
“Oh, them,” she said. “Well, yes, I hear them okay.”
“And when Gisella stops in. Or when someone calls you?”
“Oh, okay. So I guess I hear people talking to me just fine,” she conceded somewhat begrudgingly.
“Well good,” Dr. Moon continued, clearly relieved to be back on track. “And what about comfort?”
“What about it?” Mom asked.
“Are the devices comfortable in your ears?”
“I don’t know,” she responded. “I can’t feel them in there so I don’t know if they’re comfortable or not.”