Monday, August 27, 2007

A Silence in One Ear

Aargh! I just managed to destroy one of my hearing aids. The audiologist had said that they're so tough that you could run a truck over them and they'd be okay. But apparently you can't drag a small refrigerator over them.

And of course it's no longer under warranty. That expired in March.

Gloom. They're just little pieces of latex with chips and wiring and stuff in them, but for people like me, they have considerable emotional importance.

I've occasionally wondered what it would be like to use just one of them. Now I'll find out. On the bright side, it should make it easier to tolerate those guys a few cubicles away who talk and laugh too loudly.


A Paperback Writer said...

My father is completely deaf in one ear, but has normal hearing in the other. He enjoys having "selective" hearing loss when my mom is nagging him about something. ;)

David said...

Sounds like my parents!

Except that my father really is hard of hearing in both ears. But my mother was convinced that he could hear everything she said but just wasn't paying attention.

There might have been some truth to that.

alternatefish said...

And of course it's no longer under warranty. That expired in March.

There's some law of nature, related to Murphy's law, that calculates the exact date a product will malfunction/break based on when its warranty runs out.

I swear it's true.

David said...

Oh, God, that's so true!

But to be fair, the hearing aid didn't malfunction entirely on its own. I helped. A lot.

Lahdeedah said...


but I need to know, DID you drag a small refrigerator over it?

David said...

Yes, that's exactly what I did. It seemed like a good idea at ...

But it wasn't.