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  • Well, it's official - I am slowly losing my hearing. After having accepted that it was probably true for a couple weeks after my physical, I had a week of grasping onto the hope that it was just the wax, again. I faithfully followed instructions for trying to clean them out good, then the good doctor hooked me up to a high powered air hose and sucked what I couldn't get out of there.

    After peeling me down off the ceiling - it was right up there with Root Canal
    Discomfort - he sent me over to the hearing test doctor. This time, instead of sucking stuff out of my ears, she pumped air into them, testing my ear drum action. "What's it look like?" She had a puzzled look on her face. "Not normal! Have you had a lot of ear infections?"

    Growing up I did - at age 10, a boil burst right next to my ear drum - the doctor then said it was a one in a million chance I didn't completely lose my hearing when that happened. Turns out, that also made my chances of losing it now much greater.

    She ran all kinds of sound testing on me, in a booth, instructing me to raise my hand when I heard, or when I thought I heard, a tone. Half the time I didn't know if I was hearing the machine's tones, or the ringing in my own ears. I just kept raising my hand.

    What I like about hearing tests is, they can give you the results right away. They don't have to send it off to some analyst to analyze it, and have you come back a week later to find out the results. They have it all right there.

    What I didn't like were the results themselves. Not only was I losing hearing in the one ear, the one that flunked the screening exam on my physical - I'm losing it in both ears.

    So what does this mean? What do I do? "This makes you a candidate for hearing aids!" Oh, joy! I have wanted to be a candidate for hearing aids my whole life! I've finally made it! "The good news is, you won't need those real big ones." That is good news.

    Well, at least I'm glad to know what's what, after wondering for the past month or so. Presumably, I'll be able to get the kind that fit nicely down inside the ear. I'm looking at it like it's just like wearing glasses to see - only it's in the ears, to hear. Just probably a bit more expensive.

    I'm wondering if it will be like the first time I wore glasses? There was a whole world of sights that I'd been missing - I'd never known that things weren't supposed to be all blurry, that they actually had detail and definition. I'd made it 10 years faking it, without even realizing it.

    I've apparently been doing the same thing with hearing for years. Picking up enough of what I heard, and filling in the blanks. This might open up a whole new world of sound that I've been missing. I'm actually looking forward (or would that be, listening forward?) to what the world actually sounds like with full hearing.

    Sounds good to me!
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