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Selective Hearing

In Hearing Loss, Life, Miscellaneous Ramblings, Relationships on April 27, 2014 at 7:23 pm

selective listening

By: Sara Lundquist

I thought we would all appreciate a little humor in our lives at time to time.  I need to share this little funny experience our family had lately.  My family contains myself, the mom, I have moderate hearing loss and try to keep our household in order.  My husband is a welder that has worked in an industrial setting for more than 20 years.  I have a soon 11 year old daughter that loves to roll her eyes at her mom.  Last but not least a 5 year old son that has a mild hearing loss.

My husband’s employer tests everyones hearing once a year.  A big semi comes to the plant and parks outside and you are assigned a time to go in the booth.  Well this past year my husbands hearing seemed to drop way down.  I was shocked and so was he.  We kept looking to see what last year and this years audiogram and I couldn’t believe the drop.  I didn’t think he seemed to have a hearing loss.  Maybe I am not the best judge but he doesn’t ask for things to be repeated too often.  He has the tv volume much lower than I do.  So we had to wait till he could get into the doctor and they do a more comprehensive test.

I had  a lot of worry over that time period.  I am wondering would he need hearing aids.  How are we going to afford this.  They are not cheap at all and just forked out money for this item.  I was thinking of my son who we were doing his new IEP at the time and we were putting in things like using the FM system and sitting in a certain part of the room.  My mind was on overdrive and this just seemed to pull me over.

Well the day came and my husband had to go in.  He came home with a huge smile on his face and this is what they found…..He had fallen asleep in his first test.  Can you believe that, he fell asleep.  He just says well I went to work at 4:30am I was tired and that booth in the truck was so quiet and warm, and a nice chair.  He fell asleep, his hearing is fine.  I just had to laugh.  Sometimes that is all you can do is shake your head and laugh.

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  1. That is so funny, Sara. I can see where that comfy, quiet, and warm booth could put a person to sleep. I’m glad that your husband can be so casual about a hearing test. I’d venture to say most people take the test thinking it’s no big deal.

    For many years I dreaded yet another test that I knew I was going to fail, because the first time I “failed” I kind of felt like I was in trouble — my mother also thought my complaints of not being able to see the blackboard at school in fourth grade was because I wanted glasses. NOT! — and who wants to take a test they can’t pass? LOL I failed every year and was called out of class to be retested again and again and it made me embarrassed, so I learned to hide the note home about upcoming hearing tests and then would be conveniently absent on testing day. :o)

  2. I never remember having a comfy chair. It seems to me like I got those plastic, no cushion chairs. No chance of me falling asleep. lol (That and I’m always a little tense before going in anyway.)

  3. and the audiologist didn’t notice this? Kinda hard to believe !

  4. The company that comes and does hearing tests at the plant is not an audiologist. I am not sure what the credentials are. They don’t go over the tests or anything it is just a print out they give the supervisors. They follow up was an audiologist and he started to fall asleep there and once he was awake and took the test and they talked the dr thinks he must have fallen asleep during the first test or was dozing off.

  5. I got a big kick out of this Sara. I bet you were a bit relieved.

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