Modern Miracles

Two thousand years ago, Jesus said, “Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.” Luke 7:22

I haven’t had leprosy yet and haven’t died yet, but I’m living proof of the rest of it. Walking two miles yesterday was easy, thanks to total knee replacements years ago. In September I had 20/20 vision for a day or so. Today I can hear!

After I put the hearing aids in yesterday, I noticed the beginning and end of every word John spoke. For years it was a guessing game. Family knew to laugh with me when my replies made no sense to them. The next revelation was how much noise computer keys make. They say actions speak louder than words, but my words are LOUD as they flow through my fingers!

When my hearing was tested, I was told I needed clarity more than volume. Thankfully, my ears work together. Some don’t. Also, I didn’t know there was a genetic component. It seems appropriate that I could hear again on what would have been my dad’s 107th birthday. I inherited hearing loss, as well as macular degeneration, from him. Happy birthday, Dad! I’m sorry your hearing aids were not as good as mine and your sight was never restored on earth.

Please rejoice with me that I can hear again. To me it is a miracle.

46 thoughts on “Modern Miracles

  1. What great news!! Forrest and I both have hearing loss so conversations are always interesting and sometimes frustrating and hilarious. We truly need to start looking for a reputable hearing facility to visit, to find out what could help us.

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  2. Hi Anne! Apparently my 2 hearing aids aren’t as good as yours! I *still* have trouble discerning the consonants at the beginnings and ends of words, leading to confusion. If I put the volume all the way up, it of course makes *everything* louder, which is terrible if I’m in a restaurant, for example… Any thoughts on this? (BTW my hearing aids are supposed to be so wonderful – $1600 EACH, and the government paid only for one, via our Medicare. Sigh.

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    1. I’m sorry I don’t have words of wisdom. I’m new at this. The audiologist said my problem was with clarity, not volume. I suspect he programmed the aids. Would it help to go back to see if your present aids could be changed in some way to help you? Good luck!

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      1. Good idea! For you, do you notice better clarity when watching TV shows too? I get so frustrated sometimes with the actors’ poor diction! John often helps me by saying what I missed, but it’s cumbersome and sometimes even he can’t decipher what they said -even though we replay and replay the sentence(s)!

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        1. I haven’t had the TV on since I got the hearing aids. I suspect I will be able to understand people easier. When we were watching a series a couple of years ago, I’d put the sound up loud, and I still had a hard time catching the words.

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  3. God is good! I guess you could say my ears do not work together but it seems that my right ear has learned to pick up some of the slack of the left. When I was last tested my left ear tested as pretty much useless but my right ear was way above average. My biggest problem is that I can only make out one thing at a time so whatever is closest to my right ear I will hear.

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  4. So glad you can hear with new clarity. How does the creek sound? I can’t wait to hear if your favorite falls sound different, too.

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    1. We haven’t been walking to the creek. John has had some issues with shortness of breath, so we just go to the stop sign. I won’t go by myself if it’s foggy, because I’m afraid I won’t see cars coming at me on the highway. I must get to the creek to see if it sounds different now. Thanks for the idea.

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  5. Hearing loss is a bugger. It isolates you from society so I am glad you are getting on top of it with hearing aids. I guess they will take some time to get used to but it sounds like they are working well. Were they expensive?

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    1. The hearing aids are still new, so I’m not completely used to them. It’s fun to hear little sounds I haven’t heard in years. Yes, they were expensive. I had saved money for them, but I waited to get them until the second grandson was almost through university. I wanted to make sure he had enough money to finish. He’ll graduate this spring. He was amazing, working 40 hours a week while carrying a full course load.

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      1. Your grandson sounds very industrious and dilgent. Well done to him. He is lucky to have you as a Grandma too who is interested in his education, even if that means going without!

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        1. Nathaniel doesn’t know I postponed getting hearing aids. Wearing them is getting easier by the day. I suspect there will come a time when I will treat them as casually as glasses.

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  6. That is wonderful Anne – imagine hearing yourself tapping away on the keyboard once again after all this time. Those tiny pecks on the keyboard are all intensified for you now. Do you remember first using a computer after a typewriter and how smoothly it felt to type as opposed to the definite cadence you had to have when typing … I remember typing on a manual typewriter in my early years in college; it was my mom’s old Royal typewriter, and it was very loud and sat in its portable box. No nodding off then. Congratulations!

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