The Ears Have It

The sound of rain was heard in the land yet again this morning. When I emptied the rain gauge a little while ago, it had 1.25″ in it. A nice amount for most of 36 hours. It’s not enough to make gullies but enough to soak the ground. I approve.

From my visit last Monday, I knew there would be a lot left to do to get the audiologist’s place of business back to normal. I asked her if she needed another pair of hands and she said probably. I asked her what time to be there and she said, “11-ish?” so that’s what I did.

Her secretary/receptionist was already there. I had to knock on the door. When she opened it, she greeted me and then asked, “What can I do for you?” I explained I’d come to help. She had no clue that I was going to be there. As far as she was concerned, there was nothing for me to do. She admitted to having a hard time delegating.

I spied a couple of packages on her desk and she was persuaded to open them. Eureka! My aids were there! She put the box on the other desk and I went to the waiting room to—wait. I flipped through two Reader’s Digests and went next door to the bathroom. The man told me I could come back as needed. That was nice to know.

Almost an hour after I got there, the audiologist came dashing in with bags and parcels. She had no problem deciding what I should do. I was to set up two little five drawer cabinets with different sizes of stems and domes. I made labels for each drawer. I told the aud lettering wasn’t a good thing to give me to do what with my tremor. The tremor is in my left hand and I’m right-handed but I’d hold the label with the left. They’re readable, anyway.

It took a long time for the computer to be updated with the software for my new aids. When I finished my task, she had me sit across the desk from her. She outfitted my ears with my new aids (they look just like my others). She clicked a couple of buttons on the screen and started adjusting. It was obvious there was almost no comparison with the first ones.

The loaner was like a Nash Rambler. It would get me where I was going but that was about it. My first ones were the Honda Civic of the hearing aid world. Solid, compact, a few bells and whistles but nothing fancy. These are the Rolls Royce of Siemens Motion SX hearing aids. Lots of bells. Lots of whistles. Enough to drive the audiologist mad with adjustments but the smallest moves make a difference. I can still control them with the remote but they also make assessments based on the surroundings. If I don’t like what they decide for me, I can override it.

I was told to come home and play with the clicker. As I drove away from the office, I think I saw a young man who used to come to church and participate in the services. He’s helping lead out in a Hispanic group at our sister church. He smiled and waved, too.

On the way home, I listened to two of the area classical stations. The music sounds like it’s supposed to. With the others, it was a shade on the “tinny” side.

Aids #1 came in a cardboard box. These have a nicely stitched leather one with a drawer and a removable travel binder. The little nighttime compact the aids sleep in is sleek and shiny black and silver. I’m sure the price reflects the niceties, too. I’m sleepy or I’d take pictures to post. Maybe I’ll do that Saturday night.

First thing I did here at home (besides changing my shoes, etc.) was exercise on the rebounder. I drank some Dandy Blend “tea”, then started getting something ready to eat. After that, I took the compost out and played in the dirt some. The rain of the past 36 hours has really brought the carrots to life. I found another tomato plant that’s come up from seed. I’m just leaving those to grow where they may. I pulled a few weeds but I didn’t pick any berries. I need to do that tomorrow, for sure.

The lessons still aren’t ready for me to proofread. The editor emailed she wanted me to do the index so I updated the one from last quarter and sent her the link so she can have a look.

I’ve asked Genese if she’s tried out her neckloop yet but she hasn’t said. I do hope she can use it.

Twinkle is dosed. I need to feed her The water kefir has been decanted and the grains are taking over the fridge again. It’s past the time I wanted to be in bed so I’ll let this be it for tonight.

4 Responses to The Ears Have It

  1. Lila June 7, 2013 at 7:46 am #

    So glad you are pleased with your hearing aids! Hope they really do the job for you.

    • Tommie June 7, 2013 at 9:14 am #

      These are so far ahead of the 301 aids that it boggles the mind what the next generation might be.

  2. Mary Jane June 7, 2013 at 9:42 am #

    Your aids are the Rolls Royce–mine are the horse and buggy!

    • Tommie June 7, 2013 at 9:49 am #

      And you have insurance that covers most of yours! I’m having to pay the WHOLE thing.

      There are fancier aids than mine. These are just the best ones in the Motion SX line.

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