I suppose I can take this as a sign of good day, then! I have an appointment this afternoon to have my hearing reassessed and get some new hearing aids programmed. Happy about that. My old hearing aids, one of them stopped working a couple of years ago and I haven't bothered to have them seen to, but my tinnitus bothers me a lot and as it's been four years since I got these aids, it turns out they're obsolete anyway. I went to see the audiologist last Friday and she gave me some reassurances. I told her my fears and worries about my hearing. My tinnitus is quite loud and bothers me often. I asked about therapy for dealing with this, but she said there is nothing in my area. I quote, 'The Midlands is a bad place to have tinnitus.' Apparently, once again, only southern people deserve treatment for an ailment, while the rest of us up north just have to self-medicate with chips and lager and Lotto tickets. (I am slightly bitter). However, she did offer comfort, because I mentioned that I get anxiety during a bout with my tinnitus that I will one day go stone deaf and the tinnitus will be the only thing I can hear at all. I know that this is a possibility, and it is the experience of some people. She looked at my chart and said that the pattern of my hearing loss did not suggest that I would ever be completely deaf, unless something catastrophic like an accident were to happen, and that as long as I have any hearing left at all, they will be able to help me with hearing aids. She also reminded me that all people's hearing begins to deteriorate from age 21, and I know that 1 in 6 people have a noticeable hearing loss, though many never seek help. She also reminded me that just as a person does not go completely blind because they have glasses, people don't automatically go completely deaf because they have hearing aids.
I don't know why there is such a stigma about hearing loss. People laughingly admit to not being able to see without their glasses, make all kinds of jokes about their vision going as part of aging, then they make earnest, concerned faces and cluck sympathetically at you when you say you have a hearing loss and could they speak up. It makes me want to hurl something at them.
I think more people with a hearing difficulty should get hearing aids, and they should become as much a fashion accessory as eyeglasses. Why not?? Why not??? Bling them out, put fat honking rhinestones on them, to hell with all this, 'They're so discreet no one will ever know you're wearing them.' Screw that! They need to know I'm wearing them! They need to know I've got a hearing loss and they should speak the hell up!
Okay, I feel better now.
The 6 of Wands, it comes to mind, has intimations of being victorious in battle. So maybe I'm feeling a bit frisky today, ready to stand up for ... everything! I have to be careful when I'm in 'fight my corner' mode. I can be less than circumspect. ;)