Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Hearing

Day 34

Kaiser Audiology

9:36am:
We have just arrived at Kaiser Audiology for a hearing test appointment.

For a long time, friends have been asking:
"When are you going to have your hearing checked, George?"

I guess today's the day. It's kinda weird. Sometimes my hearing is fine. Other times, it sounds like an echo?


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9:15am:
Kearny Pearson Ford
On the way to Kaiser, we saw a Ford dealer. Recently, Señor Tránsito began squeaking. We may have Blogged to you about that squeak. Somebody suggested that it was a ball-joint going bad.

Since we were about an hour early for Kaiser, we pulled into the service deparrtment. Señor Tránsito got a service appointment for tomorrow at 7:30am.

Good thing too. Because we were getting concerned about Tránsito's squeak which has been getting louder!



10:49am:
Returned from hearing exam
The test showed that I do have hearing loss. Mostly in high frequencies. Looking at the graph of my hearing test, my hearing is definitely not real good.

I am returning to Kaiser Audiology to find out about hearing aids.


12:53pm:
24 Hour Fitness
Close to the Kaiser place, is a very nice 24 Hour Fitness that has lots of parking [Many 24's have little parking].

I'm there now to work out. Gotta keep that old bod in shape!




6:21pm:
Joints and muscles
In the 1970s I went to our family doctor for a checkup. He was limping and using a cane to walk. I asked him what happened?

He told me that he regularly ran up and down Mount Diablo [In Walnut Creek, California]. Mount Diablo has a 3,700 foot elevation. So what my doctor did was quite an accomplishment.

My doctor told me that he got hurt while descending. He braked himself by landing flat on his feet to decelerate. This way of running, according to my doctor, put a lot of pressure on his knee and he blew his knee out!

My doctor advised me, "Protect the joints of your body! You can build muscles. But you only have the joints that you were born with!"

After I heard my doctor's story, I got wise! From then on, I protected the joints of my body. When I workout at 24 Hour Fitness, I use weights that are very light. And just do a of of reps for my exercise!



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17 comments:

  1. Same thing happened to my Hyundai. In my case the bushings needed replacement.

    Bill

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    1. Hi Bill,

      I will be sooooo happy when Tránsito is not squeaking like that!

      George

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  2. Happy New year, George. Me Dad now had a hearing aid and he loves it. Here's the same age as you are. He can even hook up his iPhone to it and receive calls on it, as the hearing aid has Bluetooth!

    Good luck with the hearing aid if you do get one. Beware as there are a lot of sub-par hearing aid companies out there....

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    1. Hi Kent,

      Although the hearing test showed that I have a lot of hearing loss, my hearing most of the time seems fine to me.

      I guess that I am going to have to experience actually using hearing aids to know how they will help me.

      George

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  3. COSTCO has, by far, the best price on hearing aides. I got mine for about 40% less than other places wanted.

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    1. Hi,

      Thank you for that CostCo info.

      George

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  4. Check out Starkey hearing aids. Myy hubby just got his and love them. They have Bluetooth capability.

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    1. Hi Dee,

      Starkey! OK, I'll check it out.

      George

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  5. George, I am not surprised you have some hearing loss. We took our Granddaughter to see Star Wars today. No problem hearing everything. Just this side of blasting you out of the theater. You should have heard that. :-)

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  6. George
    You’re a veteran and entitled to VA healthcare. The VA supplies more hearing aids then any other entity. They’re top quality stare of the art and won’t cost you anything other then a small copay for the visit. I doubt you’re going to get quality hearing aids for under $2000 and probably much more.

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    1. I am a veteran. But the amount of paperwork required to get benefits is far too much to be worth it for me. I tried applying about 20 or 30 years ago. Never completed it.

      George

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  7. Try again? Maybe the process is easier now?

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  8. I am well in my deaphness
    Hi George, I am almost your age and I have the same problem of hearing as you with high frequency sound. Then, after an exam I purchased very expensive hearing aids, but I found that they just aggravated the receptions of the high frequently sound in my brain. Now, I hardly ever use them and I am very comfortable in my deaphness.
    Happy New Year, Geromio

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  9. George, you earned your VA benefits, go to the mission valley clinic and you might be surprised how much more streamlined the process is. The hearing aids they give out are some of the finest. You EARNED the benefits!

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  10. George, I am an audiologist (who hopes to be a full timer once the kids graduate college!)and I wanted to put my two cents in. With your mostly solitary lifestyle you probably don't encounter enough situations where hearing aids would benefit you to justify the cost, unless you did go through all the trouble to get VA hearing aids. Some movie theaters provide assistive listening devices such as headphones that help you hear movie better, you just have to ask ahead of time. When you go out with friends avoid noisy restaurants or request a corner booth which is quieter. Just my advise! By the way, I just recently found your blog and I am loving it! I have been going back and reading all your old entries and am blown away by the amount of information! I only wish I found it sooner! I look forward to reading all past and future travels from the Vagabonders Supreme!!

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