Excuse me ... what did you say?

I don’t know if it my old age or what but recently I have noticed the audio assault that is happening around me and it is really beginning to aggravate me. Maybe I am getting testy in my old age, but I don’t think it’s that either because younger and older people have complained about the same thing.

As a 64 and a half year-old-woman, I wear hearing aids. I am not ashamed to admit it but rather proud of the fact that I have tremendously enhanced my life by finally going to a wonderful audiologist and addressing the problem. Although my problem was minor compared to many, my audiologist, Michelle Couture-Souvenir from Hear 4 You listened to my problem and set me up with ReSound hearing aids and I now enjoy hearing what people are saying. No longer am I asking, “excuse me…what did you say?”.

How did I become hard of hearing? I don’t know. My mother was deaf in one ear and had a hard time in hearing out of the other. Hereditary? I don’t know but one thing I do know is that in a few years to come, we are going to be seeing many more people with hearing aids or listening to them say, “Excuse me” because they can’t here.

In today’s world we are being assaulted by noise.

This past week my husband and I went with a friend to a steakhouse restaurant in town. As we opened the door, the loud music blasting hit our ears. My husband even walked to the rear of the restaurant to see if it was any different in the back. Nope. We sat, and I asked the young lad seating us if the music could possibly be turned down. He did so but to tell the truth, it was still so loud that we could not hold a decent conversation. This has happened three times now at that particular restaurant, so I guess I am through going there as it is not an enjoyable dinner. I want to be able to talk to the people I am with.

Restaurants aren’t the only culprit. Have you been standing near someone with ear phones plugged into their head and you can hear the music thumping or their entire conversation?

A few weeks ago, I attended a wedding where once again, the DJ felt it is necessary to blast the music so loud so people sitting at the tables could not converse with one another. Why did he think this was necessary? I just don’t get it.

Have you driven down the street lately and had a car pull up next to you with the music blaring for all to hear? Oh, forget pulling up next to the car, you can usually sit in your house and have a car drive two blocks away and your windows will rattle with the vibration of the bass!

Now let me tell you that my hearing aids are the latest and greatest. They are Bluetooth, so I can answer my IPhone and hear it in both ears through my hearing aids. I can listen to my IPad or my computer through my hearing aids as well as my smart TV. I have a button that can block out noise in a restaurant, so I can just hear the party I am with and this helps but my hearing aids are also so smart (How smart are they? Evidently smarter than DJ’s and restaurants) that if there is a loud obtrusive noise, they more or less shut down to protect my ears.

I realize with age usually comes hearing loss. I also realize that hearing loss can come from loud noises.

Years from now, I believe there will be a large number of people who will be saying excuse me? What did you say? These are going to become the catch phrases of the future if we don’t wake up and demand that these places turn down the volume! I think I need to invest in the stock of the hearing aid companies as they will surely be in demand in the future.

OK local restaurants, businesses, people…TURN IT DOWN!

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