I have an anecdotal story about an office visit to my dentist earlier this week.
I am pretty sure I am still cognitively adept.
After a cleaning and examination, the doctor began to explain a crown procedure that is necessary for one of my rear molars. I have been expecting this outcome as we have been watching that molar for several years.
Due to the cleaning and exam, I had removed my aids so they would not get in the way or fall out of my ears at an inopportune time. The doctor was wearing a surgical mask when concealed much of her face. I was having trouble understanding her explanation about the required procedure.
I explained to the doctor that my hearing was poor and I was having difficulty understanding her explanation. I got the “look”. I am not sure that she didn’t think I was becoming a little impaired. Rather than give me an opportunity to replace my hearing aids, she slowed her speech (without removing her mask) and began talking to me as if I were a child.
The moral of the story, others may perceive us as demented when the problem is poor speech understanding due to a hearing deficit.
Always wear your hearing aids!