Saturday, January 5, 2013
I didn't hear any beeping
One day, quite by accident, my left hand was occupied and I answered the phone with my free hand, holding the receiver to my right ear. I was amazed how clearly the voice came through. I realized that it wasn't other people's speaking, it was my hearing that was off. I remained unconcerned but changed my way of working and would scrunch my shoulder up to hold the phone to my right ear still leaving my hand free to write. This created some neck and shoulder pain, but nothing I couldn't massage away.
When Rick got home from work he found me still shivering in bed. I told him about the new thermometer and he said I should try it again. I did as I was told as he wandered off to the kitchen to try to pull something together for dinner. Again, I waited. And waited. "See, it doesn't beep" I shouted from the bedroom.
"Are you kidding me" Rick called back. "Its beeping like crazy!"
So maybe there really was something wrong with my hearing. After recovering from the flu I spent some time taking online hearing tests. The simple tests showed I was missing sounds both in the highest and lowest ranges.
I assumed this was due to ageing and heredity. My father had developed hearing issues as he grew older. I grew used to saying "what?" more often but for years I didn't investigate any further.