Hearing aids means using the car A/C more often

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 3, 2006

I was going to use this space this week to write about my hearing aids and how I am doing with them.

But as of this writing, I have only had them for about 24 hours and have worn them for maybe half that time.

I will have more to say in the near future, but for now there are a couple of things I have noticed right off the bat.


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Driving away from the audiologist’s office with my new devices I noticed one of them, the left one, making sounds similar to those heard when a radio station signal is weak or a stereo is shorting out.

I was immediately concerned, and began thinking what this might be.

Then it hit me. It was the wind.

You see, I drive around with my window down so I don’t have to run the A/C and I save gas.

The wind coming in that window was blowing across my ear and causing that static sound I heard.

So, I guess now I’ll have to use my A/C or just live with it.

One of the most significant things I experienced was my own voice amplified. It sounds like I have a soup can over each ear.

The audiologist assures me this will pass. She even said that is the hardest thing for those wearing hearing aids for the first time to get beyond.

Another thing I noticed is how much I can hear now. And it isn’t things I never heard before, it’s just that they are amplified.

For example, do you hear the sound your car key makes when it is inserted into the ignition? I do.

And I think for the first time in my life I actually heard my belt being pulled through the loops on my trousers. Yes, it does make a sound.

As for wearing the devices, I really don’t notice it.

If I stop and think about it, I feel them inside my ear. But generally speaking, they are like wearing glasses.

Speaking of them, I recall the first time I ever looked through a bifocal lens. It made me nauseous. I’m sure those of you who have them can relate.

But after a couple of days it all went a way, and I don’t even pay any attention to it today.

So, like my glasses, I am sure I’ll get used to my hearing aids. More to come.

Not every rose is a rose

I wish people wouldn’t change things and try to pass them off as the original.

Take for example the Reuben sandwich.

My wife’s mother and her brother’s wife — a round-about way of saying my mother-in-law and sister-in-law — were visiting this past weekend.

After a day of “girl stuff,” the three of them invited me to a downtown eatery for lunch.

When my wife called, I asked her to order me a Reuben with fries.

She asked me if I wanted that with turkey.

With turkey?

A Reuben sandwich is corned beef, sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing and Swiss cheese on rye.

If you take the corned beef away and replace it with turkey, all you have is a turkey sandwich.

So, please. If you have a restaurant and offer Reubens, sell them as such. If you change the meat, call it something else.

Take orf.com

I love word play and originality.

And I love the new ad campaign for the Norfolk International Airport, “Take orf.com”

The ‘ORF’ is the three-letter identifier assigned to the airport by the Federal Aviation Administration. Atlanta’s identifier is ATL, Boston is BOS, Miami is MIA, and so on.

The use of the three letters, which leaves no doubt as to the airport, and the play on ‘take off’ are great. Its one commercial I don’t mind watching.

Grant is the managing editor of the News-Herald and can be reached at 934-9603 or doug.grant@suffolknewsherald.com