I mentioned in my 2014 wrap-up post that I've got some hearing loss. I'm not losing all of my hearing, just the middle frequency where conversation lies. This type of hearing loss is called Cookie Bite Hearing Loss. Let's face it, it's a cute name for something that kinda sucks.
How did I find this out? Well.....Hubby was telling me like a year ago that I wasn't hearing things that he or the kids were saying. I got pretty defensive, telling him that he mumbles. And he DOES, just not as often as I thought that he was. I insisted that my younger son is a soft talker, and he IS, but not as softly as I think that he is. And if he's talking to me in the car, I can't hear him over the engine. I don't listen to the radio in the car a lot anymore, I used to think it was because I enjoyed the silence. Turns out that IS true, because my brain is tired from trying to parse out what everyone is saying. And I was starting to stay home from things, to spare myself from not being able to hear anything from the damn background noise.
So when an audiologist was coming to my work for screenings (I work in elderly housing) I said "hey while you're here...." and was blown away when she told me that I had profound hearing loss and "would greatly benefit from hearing aids." Honestly, I found it devastating, especially on the tail of just finding out that my kidney stones are caused by a disorder. It was like a big "What NOW???" I've had some time to mourn it and I've ordered my hearing aids. They're small, but I ordered them with a "vivid lilac" plastic casing. Because you know what? If you are going to have to deal with this crappy thing, you should at least have some outrageous personality about it. I pick them up Tuesday.
I found this blog, "The Cookie Bite Chronicles." I recognize myself in all of them (minus the hearing aid ones, but I'm sure I'll get there.) To get an idea of what life's been like, read this post. All the nodding and smiling.......I won't miss that.
I know that I feel crappy about it right now, but I'm sure that I will feel differently this time next year. Especially when I can tell Brian that he still mumbles. :)