I wear glasses. I take 10mg daily of Coversyl to keep my blood pressure down to about 140. I take 20mg of Zimstat daily to reduce my cholesterol from 8.5. I weigh 47 kgs. by the way! And now I have hearing aides. I had better save my pennies for that nice little Zimmer down in the pawn shop in O'Brien Street. One of the grant applications I am helping to cobble together at the moment is about the Drug Burden of the ageing population. Hah!
Forgot to mention: what you see in that little container set me back $4,400.
Here they be:
That would be the same aide from two angles, I suspect. Forgive me - the specs are in for replacement lenses!
I've had them now for 9 days - not that I am counting, mind. The biggest impact thus far is that they make me very tired. I was warned of this: that my brain would be working overtime trying to sort out the altered sounds and to adjust the volume. For the middle few days I had strife with cut-out: not the aide I suspect but the ear. Like coming down in a plane: that sort of effect. That has not happened yesterday or today. I mostly do not realise that I have them in. Loud sounds make me jump a mile.
The tinnitus and the balance have not altered at all: but that will take up to two months or longer if it is going to benefit at all. The folk at work contend that they cannot see that I have aides on, my hair covers them so well. They do reckon that I am a lot quieter: that was because I had to yell to hear myself before I suspect. Now it just sounds so so so strident.
At the cinema with Shirley the other day, I lent back onto the top of the seat instead of leaning forward straining with my right ear cocked. That was a relief. Now that I hear so much, it makes me realise just how much my hearing was impacted.