Don Jackson had been to Denton and been given a hearing test earlier in the day. He said they’d told him he needed hearing aids, but he had decided to put the purchase off until he really needed them.
I asked him how much the hearing aids cost, and he said, “Huh?”
He described the hearing aid he’d seen earlier in the day.
I asked, “What type is it?” He responded, “Five thirty.”
The hearing aid conversation prompted a few hearing aid stories:
- An old couple was sitting on the porch. Neither could hear well. He thought he’d encourage her and affirm her a bit so he said, “I’m proud of you.” She said, “Huh?” He repeated, “I’m proud of you.” She said, “I’m tired of you, too.”
- One elderly couple was asked how they got along so well in their senior years. They said they had just one hearing aid. She used it one day. He used it the next day.
- An old man was just fitted with hearing aids and hearing better than he had in a decade. He came back into the clinic two weeks after being fit, and the audiologist asked him, “How are your hearing aids working?” The old guy responded, “Really well!” The doctor said, “Your family must be thankful that you bought these hearing aids.” The old guy said, “They don’t know I have them. I’ve changed my will three times in the last two weeks.”
- A man gets his hearing checked. He needs hearing aids. The cost is too great. He asks, “Do you have something less expensive?” The salesman brings him a shirt-pocket-sized box with a cord and an ear plug. “This is our $5 model.” The man asks, “How does it work?” The salesman says, “It doesn’t work. When people see the box and the cord, they speak more loudly.”
After everyone became tired of the hearing aid stories, James Stutt asked the group, “How did we get started talking about hearing aids?” Ross Mueller replied, “Huh?”