Bluetooth technology has made it to the backwoods. It's not anything to do with cell service either.
My husband, Bud, recently visited Advanced Hearing in Spokane. He updated his hearing instruments and now can hear others clearly when conducting Rotary Chili meetings or having conversations in noisy places. We'll even be able to have a real conversation in the car because we can use the UMike there, too.
Eldon Kellogg, the man who knows everything about hearing instruments, said, "Oh, you're going to be very happy with this Bluetooth package. You won't need closed captions when you watch TV (or Netflix movies as we do because we don't have television).
"One of my clients upgraded just before he went on vacation. He e-mailed the day after he arrived at his destination and said, 'I am enjoying my Bluetooth hearing equipment even when scuba diving.' "I told him how to dry them off and they've been working good ever since."
Eldon warns anyone who has hearing instruments that they should put them back in their box. "If you have pets, dog or cat, the animals can smell even the slightest hint of ear war. It's like candy to them so they eat them. We've had to replace thousands upon thousands of dollars worth."
Bud can also use the UMike if he is listening to a speaker. He can sit anywhere, even out in the hallway. They are such a powerful piece of technology.
Rebecca Nappi at the Spokesman wrote an article, Sound of Silence, in conjuction with her husband, Tony Wadden. They both wrote about their feelings. She said, "When Tony's hearing began deteriorating more than a decade ago, I did not react well. I felt angry, frustrated and sad. I'm still in the mad-sad phase of this unique grief, a long way from acceptance." (Article written: April 8)
He said, "The consequences of hearing loss are serious. I've experienced many feelings associated with the handicap --irritation, anger, depression, loss of confidence and gradual withdrawal."
If Bud wears his "aids," perhaps he won't have to tell me as he has done so many times, "You're talking to your stove!"
The first thing I did when we returned to the backwoods was to put his phone number on all the equipment (except the actual pieces which go into the ear). Hurrah, Bud reports that the new ones are also more comfortable. Happiness abounds! To hear is devine............