My husband is in denial.  He needs a hearing aid.  Having spent most of his working life as a guitarist in noisy rock and blues bands, this is hardly surprising.  When I say he’s in denial, that means he’s in denial of needing the hearing aid – he’s quite aware he’s ‘losing frequencies’.

The constant ‘Eh?’ making me repeat my last sentence has begun to wear, and recently rather than repeat the sentence slightly louder and slower, and not without obvious irritation, I’ve responded with silence, and it turns out he often has heard, and repeats the ‘missed’ sentence himself.  Is there such a thing as lazy hearing, I wonder?  Or is it ten-years-married syndrome, where everything his wife had to say of any consequence, has probably already been said?

A few weeks ago, he received one of those phone calls, not for PIP, but for claiming off old employers for work-related hearing loss.  Not really practical to sue every drummer he ever stood in front of, or every landlord who ever booked him on a gig.  It did lead to a hearing test though, which proved he needed an aid.

‘You could get a hidden one,’ I urged.  ‘You see them advertised all the time.’  Either he didn’t hear or he chose to ignore that.

3 Responses to Eh?

  1. Roz February 15, 2013 at 11:00 pm #

    I love your blog…so Roger needs an aid. Will this improve his tendency to do they lazy ‘eh?’ thing? He will have no excuses if he goes for the hidden trumpet…or like you say, he has chosen to ignore that.
    I guess this is what getting old is all about. This and memory loss.
    What was I saying?
    Have you written any poems lately? I see that your last poem ‘in the category’ is 2010.
    x Roz

    • Caroline February 15, 2013 at 11:11 pm #

      I wrote a poem or two last year, I think – but all my energies writing-wise have gone into prose over the last few years. Thanks for you visit, Roz xx

  2. Rog February 18, 2013 at 10:52 pm #


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