No, not this. This is just so there will be a pretty photo on my post. This is the bouquet of camellia and spirea on my kitchen table right now, in an antique Roseville vase from my Aunt's collection, on a table mat I made from scraps from other projects. Something old.
Now for the "something new".
Yesterday I had my long-awaited appointment with the Audiologist to make a decision about hearing aids. I was not looking forward to doing this. The financial investment is sizable, and there will be a learning curve to train myself to get the most out of my investment. But....I made the choice.
And now that I have, I am even a bit excited.
All the advice I had in making this decision told me not to skimp on the cost, but go with the top of the line. So that's what I did. The brand is Starkey and the model is Halo, and the hearing aids will be synced to my i Phone. Yep, more cool phone apps.
The i Phone app, called TruLink, will give me remote control of the volume of amplification, and will stream phone calls, music, or whatever from my phone to my hearing aids, wirelessly. My phone can also act as a microphone so that in a noisy environment I can place my phone near the person I am having a conversation with and the phone mic will amplify the speaker's words in my hearing aids.
This technology is not cheap. Even with the $800 insurance I apparently have through Group Health, and the discount for buying two, since I have two ears :-), the total will still be over $5000. That's where the learning curve comes in. With that kind of money, I feel very responsible for making this work.
I'll get my hearing aids, have them fitted, and get lessons for use and care in about two weeks. Then I'll be letting you know how it goes.