Day two of trying on newbie hearing aids. To my surprise, really, it’s something of a sound tsunami. Really. They warned me about this, the audiologist did, the net/google searches did. But did I believe them? Nah. I thought they were talking about people with different kinds of hearing issues, like profound loss. Evidently, they were talking about me too! Seems that my old brain has gotten quite used to not hearing a lot of the background sounds and now those same sounds…..are SO loud! And there are so many! I mean, my house is a ridiculously loud place! No wonder I managed for so many years, not realizing I was missing stuff, because there is just SO much to hear, here. Seriously, little boys, dogs, machines, beeping of ovens and dishwashers and microwaves and alarms, little wild boys, teen girls, dryers, washing machines, faxes, little hollering boys, snoring dogs, and oh my goodness, smoke alarms when grilled cheese sandwiches are attmpted by an almost 9 year old, dishes in the sink. Oh my! Dishes clanking and clattering in the sink like machine guns next to my head. Duck!
It’s a tsunami of sound. I’m trusting that my brain is still quite agile enough to sort through it all and start ignoring the inconsequential bits and ratchet up the important parts: boys sneaking about, oven timers, muffled ponderings from the back seat, teens needing a heart to heart.
And, so far, truly, despite the wall of sounds….I DID hear my Gabey ask me a great question from the back seat of my gigantic car yesterday (with no one needing to repeat it to me), and I did have a private quick convo with my eldest girl that was actually, um, private and in low tones. Whoa. So, I can see some possibility of benefit here…..
So, for now, I’m aurally surfing the tsunami as best I can.
It’s weird, wild and, just maybe, a little wonderful.