I blew a gasket yesterday. Not proud of it, but it served to reinforce some points about how much I love hearing.
It was a hot a sticky day…about 34C with the humidity (thats about 94 degrees F, my dear American readers). I was assembling my new tree stand in the garage but I was sweating like polar bear in Florida. First I took off my shirt. I can do that now and not have people scream in horror. Got a chance to show off my new tat in the process. But I was still too hot and sweaty. Even though both my hearing aid and cochlear implant are water resistant, I still don’t feel comfortable getting these expensive devices drenched in sweat. So I took them off and put them both on the hood of the car. I turned around and went back to my project.
Meanwhile, my son is having a real hankering for some Indian food. He earlier asked me for a couple of shekels for this..I gave him enough for himself plus extra for some butter chicken and naan bread for me. Point is, I knew he was going to drive off at some point, so this is not his fault.
So I am working away in the garage with my back turned to the car. After about 15 minutes I turn around to get a glass of water in the house and see that my wife has returned from her errands. I start to talk to her but say “Hang on,let me get my hearing aid and CI which is on the hood of the car….Holy S#@*!”. I now realize the car is gone along with my hearing aid and cochlear implant. I am cursing like a trucker…screaming like a banshee…swearing like a sailor…angry like a, well you get the picture now.
Half a block away we find the hearing aid. But so what. I barely hear with that thing, its the CI I really need. We continue to search the road while at the same time we are calling and texting my son to stop driving and pull over. I am still panicking. I have mental images of my cochlear implant becoming road kill. Finally, he gets the message. Turns out the magnet on the CI kept it stuck to the hood, even though he had been driving for 20-30 minutes. He pulled it off the hood and brought it home. The CI still worked despite bouncing around on the hood of a moving vehicle.
1. Don’t put expensive hearing devices on the hood of a car. Duh!
2. Try not to curse too much when you can’t hear. You can’t monitor your loudness. Turns out the whole neighborhood heard me. (Sorry folks. But maybe you learned a few new fascinating words? They may come in handy later.)
3. Boy do I I love to hear. So much so, that the thought of having to wait a few days to get a replacement CI freaked me out. I can go an hour or 2 without hearing, but not more than that.
4. I still wish I never needed these things. Normal hearing people can sweat, swim, get dirty and still hear just fine. But there is no point wishing for something thats never going to happen.
5. I was very lucky yesterday…maybe I should go out and buy some lottery tickets.
My fellow people with hearing loss or parents of kids with hearing loss…do you have any stories like this to share?