January 30, 2003

It is cold, cold, cold.  Hopefully this cold snap will soon be over.

I went for my hearing test this morning at 11:30 AM.  This time it was at an audiology clinic that does not sell hearing aids.  Amazing what a difference that makes.  This time I also had all the appropriate tests done.

The audiologist was excellent and explained the results to me.  Apparently my hearing has decreased by 20% from a year ago.  However, this can happen with Meniere’s disease.  I guess this explains why I no longer hear my door bell or my phone unless it is right beside me.  Annoying to say the least.

During some of the tests I sat in a sound proof room and she sat in an adjoining room with a window.  She read words to me through a microphone and I repeated the words back to her.  I thought I had done quite well.  Then she repeated the test but this time she held a piece of paper over her mouth.  Wow, what a difference that made.  I had no idea how much I relied on lip reading.

This audiologist told me that even though my hearing had deteriorated I did not need a hearing aid.  Thank goodness I did not listen to the Snake Oil Salesman.

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