One man says: “Windy, isn’t it?”
Second replies: “No, it’s Thursday!”
A Third responds: “So am I. Let’s get a beer.”
One man says to his friend, “I got a hearing aid.”
His friend says, “What kind is it?”
He replies, “Oh, it’s ten minutes to three.”
You might be the boss at home so when you yell out, “I can’t hear you” and your spouse, grandchildren and friends may accommodate you because no one has the courage to point out that your hearing loss has become a problem. That’s a shame because no matter how powerful you were in the office or now at home, you can’t completely control your environment. Without necessarily realizing why, you’re likely to begin declining invitations to the theater, concerts, movies, celebrations at noisy restaurants, even weddings. You have a hard time following what’s being said at those gatherings you attend. Invariably, you become more isolated, just at a time in your life when you need the support of friends and family more than ever before.
Eighty percent of those who would benefit from hearing aids don’t use them. Up to 25 percent of those who actually have hearing aids, don’t wear them, men more than women. Why do men not wear their hearing aids? There are practical reasons:
Hearing aids don’t always work well, particularly in crowds.
They are very expensive.
Inserting and removing them and adjusting the volume demands a dexterity that challenges some older users.
Men and woman, resist hearing aids for emotional reason. Hearing aids undeniably symbolize aging and a decrease in an important functionality. Glasses don’t compare, since young people also wear them. Men aren’t more vain than women, but they may be more concerned with maintaining an image of vitality and potency. Especially if they continue working as they age, and anything that threatens that image inevitably jeopardizes their position and power in the world.
You may not realize it, but you hear with your brain, not your ears. Hearing Aids are merely amplification devices, but your brain still needs input or it starts to shut down. Hearing Aids provide input to the brain and this helps your brain stay active.
Yes, it is true: Hearing aids are not the elixir of youth. They’re imperfect and expensive. But by compensating for one almost unavoidable consequence of aging, they help keep you connected and involved. And that’s priceless.
Sunday, December 7, 4:00 PM, Berger Center Admission is free. Donations accepted. Theater seating. To register for a class or concert, go to OakmontLL.org. Four