Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Had my Ears Checked,

Finally, I've been to the ENT doctor to check my hearing ability!
I have broken eardrum in my right ear innately with almost no hearing. Recently I've noticed that my hearing ability is getting really worse. My hubby told me that he gets even hungry talking to me louder voice than before, how mean of him(*_*) 
and also said my voice got louder. 
About less than 10 years ago, I bought an analog hearing-aid at glasses store when I bought a glasses. And I have been using it when necessary. However, it's not comfortable wearing it long time as it catches the unnecessary dissonant sound.
The result was that because of aging phenomenon, my left side ear also has less ability catching specifically high-pitched tone.   God, I'm just in my mid 50's...... 
Whew, aging phenomenon !!!
Accompanied with my hubby and sitting in front of the doctor (he is my private driver, I've got no licence. haha), I explained him that I can hear the sound but not as Japanese (language).  Can you guess what the doctor said?
"Oh, many of my patients told me it sounds as if people were talking in English."
And then, I turned to my hubby seeing he was a bit giggling,
I thought, "if it is really in English, I might be able to understand a little,"  
For older Japanese  people, English can be the "Greek" for you Westerners.
Anyways, according to the doctor's opinion; there won't be urgent need, However, I might be able to get implant surgery; buying expensive digital aid, I can even wear both ears.....  These are the options depend on me. I hate to buy costly new ones; which might not work well. 
Oh well, I will have to wait and bear the present condition patiently.

I found this picture of decorated hearing aid in the PC, not so practical...
But wishing to add the bright side to the dismal topic. 

Thank you for stopping by, it took me a while to write this post. I'll catch up commenting on your posts, Orchid*


  1. Oh, I am sorry you are having this problem, Orchid. Those are very pretty hearing aids in the picture. That is interesting how you use English and we use Greek! I hope you will be able to go ahead with one of these options soon.

  2. Dearest Orchid,

    Please try to figure out if Costco in Japan does have a Hearing Aid center like here in the USA. That is by far the best pricing, high tech and SUPER after care! Just google it and get on line and check this out. There are many hearing aids that are too expensive and not helpful. My husband is very pleased with his from Costco. They did replace free of charge already once the remote control (yes you can turn it up or down in different programs for music, large crowd etc. etc.) and also they replaced one hearing aid. They do have very knowledgeable technicians too.
    Wishing you good luck and hey, this is not the end of the world. You are still good to go another 40 years! Don't give up, always be positive and realise that our ancestors didn't even have this option...
    Love to you,


  3. Hi Orchid,
    This getting older nonsense is no good is it? But you are hardly old, only in your 50's!! :(
    I'm sorry you are having trouble with your ears. It must be very annoying for you.
    Your cheeky husband saying he gets hungry talking to you - made me laugh though :))
    Hope you manage to get your problem sorted soon.
    Hugs to you

  4. I'm so sorry you are having to go through this, but you have a wonderful attitude. I laughed when the dr. said it sounded like English. Your English is so good that wouldn't have been an apt description at all.

    I was born totally deaf in my right ear, so I know what you are going through. Hearing aids won't help me, but I'm glad you have options available to you.

  5. I'm sorry, Orchid. I know how frustrating it can be as my father was almost completely deaf during his later years. At that time, there were few options, so I'm very glad that you have options - there are many hearing aid centers here in America that just plain scam the older folks into buying things that don't really help them. Be sure you go through a reputable source - someone mentioned Costco - that would be a good place to start. Hugs and prayers,

  6. I'm so sorry that you're having this problem. We are all getting older but I've got at least 10 more years than you and I do not consider myself as old. I've seen a few of the comments suggest looking to Costco for hearing aids and thought I would pass on another endorcement. My brother-in-law recently purchased hearing aids from Costco and is very pleased with them. I hope you find a solution for your problem that you are comfortable with. Have a wonderful day my dear friend. Hugs

  7. So sorry about your hearing problem Orchid.Something many suffer as they age. You have a great attitude about it all and happily there are good advances being made in hearing loss today.

  8. Hi Orchid, I am sorry to learn about your hearing loss. I agree, getting older is not too much fun! My mom had a hearing aid and she did not like it for the same reason you describe-picked up all background noise. I hope you find an option that works for you. ((hugs)) xo

  9. Hi Orchid,
    that is sad news to read that you are experiencing problems with your hearing.

    I hope that you get a solution and quickly as it must be a terrible nuisance for you.

    Take care of yourself.


    ps love the photo of the fancy aids

  10. Hi my little friend from the East! That was a very long post, and you wrote it very very well in English! Well done! If only I could write as well in Japanese - hee hee! No chance! I'm sorry that you are having these hearing problems. I know that my hearing isn't as good as it was, but not really a problem at the moment. I do laugh at my husband, because when my dear mum used to stay with us, he used to come in and say "the television is blaring out". Now I come into the room, and say the same thing to him!! What goes round, comes round. (Actually not sure if you will understand that little saying!).

  11. Dear Orchid: I do empathise, not because I personally have a hearing problem, but I'm sure my husband does. He is always saying I mumble or don't speak clearly/loudly enough and I'm continually having to repeat myself. Some days, it drives me mad. I want him to have his hearing checked. I'm glad your doctor does not think the problem is too bad. Maybe, in time, surgery would be the best option? I do so love your sense of humour! Those decorative hearing aids? My goodness, whoever would wear those?

  12. Dear Orchid,

    I'm so sorry to hear about your problem with the hearing. Hope that you will find a solution soon.
    I like those decorative hearing aids.

    Enjoy your evening!
    Hugs x

  13. Dear Orchid san,
    I'm very sorry to hear that you have problem with the hearing,but these day you can buy the hearing and that fixed your problem that I hope so.
    By the way you can hear that someone talks about a bad things then you can hear ha ha ha
    I can tell you that one of my old friend Australian lady has the hearing problem from her younger age When we get together I need to written down ENGLISH on the paper..
    of course I needed to have the English dictionary Whew!!!
    After that I was came home worn completely,we has been a long time friend.
    You have a nice day,

  14. Hi Orchid san. I'm sorry to see that you have hearing problem. Still, you sound fun and positive and it is why I think you are wonderful!! My grandmother who passed away long time ago had a hearing problem and my dad has begun to have the problem, too. What I do is just to talk loud and I don't mind doing that :-)
    I hope you get the best for you - surgery or digital air or anything. But please make sure you are comfortable and happy!

  15. Orchid, yes you are too young to be having hearing problems. I wish to you all of the best. I've missed you visiting me, hope you can post now. I don't know what happens to blogger sometimes. Hugs...Lu

  16. My father was always hard of hearing.
    How are you doing?
    You have a very sweet spirit.

  17. sweet Orchid..I'm so sorry you are having this problem. It can be quite a problem. My husband lost some of his hearing in his right ear many years ago when he served in Viet Nam..he was only 21 at the time..63 now!! i keep tellling him he needs to get a heraing aid..he always turns the tv up really loud ,and music too!
    i hope you find something that will help,that doesn't cost too much!
    you have such a wonderful spirit!!

  18. I just hate that you are having hearing problems, sweetie. Oh, that "aging phenomenon" is just a pain in the butt! Bette Midler said, "Aging aint for sissies!" She was right. It takes a strong woman to put up with the things we do as we get older or shall I say further "mature" ;-)

    Those decorative aids are quite lovely though. Hugs from you American friend.

  19. Hi Orchid! I am almost 60 and I've had hearing loss for a couple of years now. I can't hear people close to me because noise in the background interferes. I always have to dip my good ear close to hear well. BTW, I felt my first earthquake last weekend. We had a small one (5.6 magnitude) here in Oklahoma but it felt big to me! Don't want another one!