Did I Hear You Correctly?
What did you say to me? --
My husband and I laugh a lot. Like, a ridiculous amount. We have so many inside jokes that some days our entire dialogue is baby talk, movie lines and our own little unique sayings.
One such saying is, "What did you say to me?"
It's not what we say, its how we say it.
and it's only funny if
I can hear it.
One of the symptoms I deal with continually is hearing loss.
Initially, after my decompression last year, my hearing was greatly improved. I could hear birds singing. I could hear leaves rustling in the trees. I could hear the dryer beep when it was finished. Currently, I can hear none of the above. I can hear fine conversationally, as long as I'm in the same room with someone. I knew my hearing was decreased, but until I had it tested yesterday at work, I didn't know the extent.
I have a PRN job working as an occupational health nurse. One of my duties is to perform hearing tests on our clients that come in for physicals. As part of my training, I had to go through the same testing so I would understand what it's like for the client.
I was SO embarrassed after my testing yesterday.
I failed my vision test with and without glasses.
Tonometry test showed increased intraocular pressure.
and I totally demolished the hearing test.
Below is a chart of hearing thresholds.
Most of mine where at 40dB/HL or greater.
I even had some 55 and 60db/HL.
|Degree of Hearing Loss||Threshold Hearing Level (dB HL)||Effect on Communication||Use of Hearing Aids|
|Normal||−10–15||no hearing impairment|
|Slight||16–25||speech understanding not affected|
|Mild||26–40||speech understanding reduced, especially in noisy environments||may be helpful|
|Moderate||41–55||conversation noticeably difficult||highly beneficial; strongly recommended|
|Moderately severe||56–70||speakers must raise their voice to be heard||essential|
|Severe||71–90||conversational speech cannot be heard||of less benefit|
|Profound||91 or higher||deaf||of little benefit; cochlear implants may be considered|
How depressing!! I know it's just hearing loss..but I failed ALL of the tests. Even my EKG was abnormal!
Sometimes I think these symptoms, this pain, the dizziness is all in my head.
I mean, I was told that for years. "There's nothing wrong with you..the doctors can't find a thing-it's all in your head!!"
Surprisingly..it REALLY was and still IS all in my head.
Grasping a second surgery is still very surreal.
I look forward to the pressure being relieved and being able to hear again.
I don't look forward to the whole having my head cut open part.
That's the downside.
Upside- I can get back to being a bit more normal.
Six days sports fans.
Six short days.
Counting them down and making the most of every one.