Those with a mild to mid level hearing loss might want to ignore this post. But for the time being I’m going to keep my old hearing aids and struggle though with “say that again”.
As many here know as the years go by and you lose your hearing it gets harder and harder to find that “semi-perfect” hearing aid. It’s pretty much hit and miss and hoping new technology some how makes up for thousands of dead ear nerve fibers.
But the other day I said to myself - "why beat yourself up trying to find that semi-perfect hearing aid with the coronavirus out of control and everyone - every where probably wearing masks for the next two years plus. I would say the odds of that happening are 95% and if true those with a severe to profound hearing loss then have two Major Strikes against them.
Strike One - the wearing of a mask does muffle some sounds, thus a person with a hearing loss is not going to be challenged to hear many of those muffled sound/words on a daily basis. More so if someone has a severe hearing loss. Heck even people with normal hearing might be having some difficulty hearing speech during mask to mask communication.
Strike Two - Now I don’t feel I’m a lip reader by any stretch of the imagination but I do know that when some one is talking to me I look directly at them and many times watch their mouth move. Lets just say I’m programmed to watch all facial movement, while trying to figure out what’s being talked about. But for the next two years (plus) you can kiss lip reading good bye due to everyone wearing masks. Well except for our short term President.
So taking in those two factors above I’ve realized I really don’t need to rush things and try to find that “semi-perfect hearing aid” right now. Of course if my old aids break down or I happened to lose them, or my dog got chew happy, then yea its time to find replacements. But as long as we all have to wear these “non-hearing friendly” masks - that just happen to save lives, I’ll take my time and probably look into buying a new hearing aid in 2021 or later.
No one likes to buy a new expensive toy and not be able to use it to its full capabilities. Even the hearing impaired.