Deb complains about her hearing more, Annie, but I’m the one in need of hearing assistance. I have tinnitus (I blame my Navy service, but I have no idea) and it’s gotten to the point that noisy restaurants are Not Fun (I can get by if I can see someone’s face, because I get clues from lips and expressions, but if someone is showing me the back of their head I’m lost). I’m keeping an eye on “hearing assistants,” which are basically noise-cancelling ear buds that work to selectively boost certain sounds (example: https://www.thegrommet.com/nuheara-iqbuds-wireless-assistive-audio-earbuds#). I like that I can set them up and adjust them as needed using my phone; also that, while not cheap, they don’t cost more than my first car, like “hearing aids” do (yes, we have insurance, but a 10% copay on a $5,000 set of hearing aids is still more than the Bluetooth units cost!). They also are VERY visible, which means you either need to explain to people that you have hearing problems, or you look like you are listening to music (and since they function like regular ear buds if you want, you actually *could* be rocking out to your playlists — just be careful not to start singing along).

Sucks getting old sometimes, yes?

Written by

Husband & retiree. Developer, tech writer, & IT geek. I fill what’s empty, empty what’s full, and scratch where it itches. Occasionally do weird & goofy things.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store