Wednesday, February 11, 2009

What?

I need new hearing aids.  I've had the same pair for about 6 years, and they are losing strength.  They've been kind of crappy for some time, what with them being stuffed in warm, moist, sometimes waxy ears 'n such.  Not the best environment for mini computers.  I've held off getting new ones because a) partial coverage only comes every 5 years from hubby's insurance, and b) I've been waiting to lose weight.  Believe it or not, when one loses weight, one does so in one's ears as well, leaving once fitted hearing aids somewhat loose, and sounding "tinny".  With the pregnancy weight finally gone, (THAT'S RIGHT!  ALL GONE!), and the TV loud enough to hear next door, I checked in with the specialist to see what's new in hearing.  Since I'm insistent on having the type that are completely hidden within my ear canals, the past six years of technology advancement have mainly brought me much of the same, with the option to upgrade for an extra $1100 to what amounts to better clarity.  The specialist suggested that I consider this as I am young, working, and probably need to be at the top of my game.  Although what I do on a daily basis certainly qualifies as working, I'm not sure it's the kind of work that requires the best hearing possible.  High quality nagging, whining, and shrieking don't sound like they'd be worth the money.  With the dying hearing aids that I am presently wearing, I hear all those things better than I want to.  Overall, my kids are actually loud enough for me to hear them unaided.  I'm now considering a downgrade.  

7 comments:

Chantal said...

LOL.

That cost is crazy. It is almost unreal that hearing aids are not covered under OHIP (at least partially). I mean really, if you need them they are pretty necessary aren't they...

motherbumper said...

Most days, personally I'd go for the downgrade. Unless they invented a whine filter...

Nora said...

Holy high cost! Yes, a whine filter would be even more expensive though :-)

Chicky Chicky Baby said...

Sucks about the expense... But can I hear a Whoop Whoop! for losing the baby weight?

Hurrah!

Barrie said...

First, congrats on losing the baby weight! Second, who knew weight loss happened in the ear area?! And, third, with 3 teens, if I had hearing aids, I'd turn them off. :)

No Mother Earth said...

Now that I am experiencing the full pleasure of SAHM mom-dom, I would save the hearing aids for special occasions. :-)

Dana said...

I remember being a kid and going to my grandma's house...she would make a point of always taking out her hearing aid whenever there were a lot of grandkids there...she used to say that it made her "like us better"...now that I have a very vocal toddler...I know exactly what she meant.