Noises I didn't really need to hear.
But now I am.
This photo is not intentionally blurry. I'm not really trying to hide my new apparatus. But I am trying to get used to them.
Yesterday afternoon, that's Wednesday for those of you who might not find me until tomorrow, I was fitted for my new hearing aids. My immediate reaction was "Would you please sit still and stop crinkling that paper." That was silently directed to the audiologist and to Tom, who accompanied me.
I can tell you that friction is noisy: rustling of clothing, rattling of the newspaper, and worst of all, crinkling of plastic bags. The water running out of the faucet is noisy. There are more creaks and squeaks in the floor than before.
At first I thought it would drive me crazy. I have since used my iPhone app to lower the volume or amplification in my left ear piece and that is helping. The hearing in my left ear is worse than in my right, so the amplification is set higher, and I'm thinking it is too high. Just walking across the floor was causing a rattling sound. I will monitor it in various settings and then work with the audiologist when I go back for a follow up in three weeks.
Tom is my gauge to what is better. The TV and the radio volume are much lower. I can hear him from across the room or even around the corner in another room. Tomorrow morning when we go to Friday breakfast, I'll see how much better I do in hearing conversation in a restaurant.
I am told that I will get used to hearing the sounds I have not been hearing and the over amplification of the crinkle crackle rustle squeak will even out.
I'll be letting you know. I do understand that for some of you I am a test case.