Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Our original plan was for the spouse to retire at the end of June, but then he didn't get around to registering for medicare and now he needs to maintain his employer provided health insurance until medicare kicks in. His employer asked only that he let them know a few weeks before he wants to go. They've been planning for this transition for a while now. His medicare card showed up in the mail today, so I imagine that he will be retiring in the next few weeks. In preparation for this major change in our income and lifestyle I decided to take advantage of our double coverage while I still had it and made appointments to get all systems checked. I've been to the doctor, dentist, and hearing specialist.
I came home from today's appointment and saw that my copy of the AARP magazine had been delivered. Today I was fitted for hearing aids. I guess I can't deny it any longer...I am a stereotype; Nana is a senior citizen!
I didn't realize I had a hearing loss. I had noticed that I was asking the spouse to repeat what he said, but he mumbles. Come to think of it, a lot of people mumble. I knew that I leaned in hear conversations, but there was background noise. I sometimes heard words, but didn't understand what was said. The hearing test showed that there was substantial loss at certain frequencies. I think that I still didn't really believe that I was hearing impaired.
Today the technician inserted the aids in my ears, and I was stunned at the difference in my hearing. After calibration of the aids, I can best describe my hearing as crisp. I can hear every syllable and understand every word. Until the moment that the hearing aid was turned on, I didn't really believe I had a hearing problem. Now I'm a believer and I'm grateful that the problem can be remediated.
I am embracing my new role as a senior. I'm rocking these hearing aids. Maybe I'll shop the yard sales this weekend for a cane. I'm not ready to accessorize this role with a walker, but a cane could be a fashion statement!