Why hearing losses suck

We have a priest in our parish who is from India. He is a kind, lovely and holy man, and one-on-one I can understand him very well (lip-reading helps, I think) but at mass, over the microphone, I really can’t make him out very well.

Today, all through his sermon I kept hearing: “God is crazy. The craziness of God.”

Eventually I figured it out: God is gracious. The graciousness of God.

Sheesh. Hearing losses suck. I’m almost ready for that dreaded hearing aid. I write about the hearing loss here.

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Meanwhile, I’m out for the day. Compline will be posted tonight! Below, we talk about how last week’s financial crisis came to be. It took decades.

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  • ViolaJ.

    Hearing loss is not a funny matter at all and I am so sorry you are dealing with that. I did have to laugh at your experience in service this morning . Sure glad you figured it out at the end! :-) I suppose sometimes it does seem that God is crazy or perhaps has a very different sense of humor.

  • sigdamom

    Dearest Anchoress, I’m 48, and had perfect hearing until I hit my late 30′s. Ever since, my hearing has deteriorated, for reasons unknown to medical science. Like you, I dreaded the idea of hearing aids… so clunky and old-fogey’ish. With great trepidation, I finally got them two years ago, and although I don’t like the way they look, they’ve given me a new lease on hearing — such an improvement in my hearing and my mental state!

    Go for the hearing aids — and I’m praying for you. Pray for me too!
    Mary H.

  • codekeyguy

    I can relate to hearing loss and Indian priests. We have had several in our parish, and I’m OK face to face, but the sermons are tough. Practically, though, Africa and India consider us (The U.S.) a “mission country” now. Quite a turnaround. I’m glad we have them.

  • http://thepinkflamingo.blogharbor.com/blog sjreidhead

    I am sorry about your problem with hearing loss. Considering my genetics and some of the problems I currently have, I’m going to be in your shoes one of these days. One of my great fears in life is that I will not be able to listen to my beloved opera. I think I would be willing to do just about anything in order to be able to listen to opera and music. Knowing your love for music, I trust you will do everything possible in order to be able to listen to the magic.

    The worst part about hearing-aids is the price. In my family, we literally harassed my father for a good 10 years before he finally relented and chucked out the five thousand bucks to buy them. We must still argue with him to get him to wear them, but I’ve noticed he’s doing so more and more often without our harassment. I have noticed he is having an easier time listen to music and the radio in the car. For years he did not listen to music. Every time I get in the parents’ car to drive for them, he has the XM turned to his favorite 40′s channel. He did not do this before the hearing-aids.

    There is one thing I don’t quite understand with people. I don’t mind admitting and wearing my glasses. I wouldn’t dare get in a car to drive without them. Granted I do not wear them at home, but do so at movies and anyplace where I want to see “clearly”. People don’t mind glasses – so what’s the problem with a hearing aid.

    The price of these things is obscene. Other than that – they are remarkable. Half the time we fuss at my father for not wearing his. He’s usually wearing them, but they are so small we can’t see ‘em!

    SJR
    The Pink Flamingo

  • dick

    Just wait until it gets worse. I have rather bad hearing loss and have had most of my life. When I was working if I had to attend a meeting in a room that had sound proofing installed or those styrofoam blocks on the wall to absorb sounds, I could not hear at all.

    Hearing aids help but I find that I get huge amounts of ear wax with them, and I also cannot hear on cellphones with the hearing aids in. On my phone at home I have to take them out because ther set up radio interference and I get a loud whistle on the line if I have them in.

    Supposedly they have new ones that don’t suffer from this but they are very expensive and they are not covered by health insurance plans or by Medicare.

  • Maggie45

    I know how you feel about the hearing….I have tinnitus pretty badly, and I’m sure some hearing loss also, as it runs in my family. Our ONLY priest is from Nigeria, and sometimes even one on one I have trouble discerning words. I know that I read lips a lot without even realizing that I’m doing it, until someone sits with their hand over their mouth, or they’re facing away from me while talking to me and I have to ask them to face me. It’s funny how one adapts without even knowing it. lol. God designed us pretty well, I think. Macular Degeneration also runs in the family, and I’ve been pro-active taking Lutein and eating lots of leafy green veggies. I’ve also started taking Serrapeptase, and have noticed a lessening in my eyes blurring after a few weeks only. I started taking it for inflammation in joints and such, and found it helps my eyes. My vision is clearer. It has also helped with lessening the aches. Doctor’s Best is the brand I try to get for any supplements.

  • sigdamom

    A comment about hearing aids and eyeglasses, and why people are more resistant to wearing aids than glasses: People assume that hearing aids are like glasses in that you put them on and “poof” hearing is crystal clear again. Not true, unfortunately. Hearing aids magnify ALL sounds, so distortion is a problem, and many sounds are TOO loud. Also, severe high frequency hearing loss cannot be corrected with hearing aids. So if someone has lost most of their high frequency hearing, when they wear hearing aids (even the digital, pricey ones), sound will still be muffled and distorted.

  • Deborah

    I don’t know how useful this will be to you, but I discovered that my hearing was dramatically affected by the use of pain relievers. I “detoxed” myself; I didn’t take anything for pain for over a year. It might have taken less time to detox but that’s how long I went without any kind of OTC pain reliever.

    My hearing improved substantially. I subsequently discovered that taking only one normal dose of pain reliever (like naproxen) would greatly diminish my hearing within hours of dosing, and would continue to affect it for several days afterward.

    Formerly, I used ibuprofen, acetaminophen, aspirin with a generous hand. Now I very carefully weigh the degree of pain I am in before taking anything. Bottom line … I have to be really hurting before I take anything, and then I will take 1/2 of one naproxen, knowing that for the next couple of days my hearing will be wonky.

    I was fifty when I detoxed myself, and now I am 56.

  • Ted M

    Elizabeth:
    I put off getting hearing aids for longer than I should have. I got them about six months ago and to say that it has improved my quality of life is quite an understatement.

    I now hear birds and insects that I couldn’t hear before at all. The wind chimes now are so pleasant; I missed them altogether before. And most importantly, hearing conversation is greatly improved, especially the grandchildren.

    The improvement in digital electronics has resulted in truly remarkable instruments at reasonable cost. The hospital I worked through also offered a 30 day free trial. The first hour convinced me! So I encourage you not to dread getting hearing aids. They are so easy to use too.

    Good luck! Thanks for the great blog.
    Ted

  • http://thecatholiclibertarian.blogspot.com amcalabrese

    The priest at my new church yesterday was actually talking about the craziness of God.

  • Douglas2

    Depending upon what sort of sound system exists at your church (and when it was last upgraded), there might be something called a “listening assist” or “Hearing Assist” system. This usually consists of a small walkman-sized receiver with earbud headphones. The idea is to pick up the sound right at the microphone nearest the person speaking and deliver it straight to your ears. Most current systems will work with your own ipod headphones.


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