Jumble Spoiler – 10/27/18

Visual Description:  Jeff’s in-laws?


Clue/Question:  When he refused to wear his hearing aids, his wife – – –


(I think I know why Tom is not wearing those things!  He ain’t stupid.  I truly value all of my senses.  But, sometimes I wish I could just tune out the world.  Silence can be golden.  Right?

Old reliable clue words again.  But, all of the jumbles came up as new.  I was able to recognize all the words immediately though.  The answer letter layout was a great jumble.  I’m sure that some of you struggled a bit to get the final solution.  I was able to solve this one on Facebook, while I was away.  Occasionally, Jeff will post a Jumble to his FB page, when the subject involves a good friend, or relative.

Fine domestic scene, between an older couple.  If you have the reduced size cartoon you may not have seen that those are his hearing aids on the table.  I’m glad I don’t have to wear those damn things . . . yet.  Who knows, down the road!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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4 Responses to “Jumble Spoiler – 10/27/18”

  1. 1 David November 2, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    Refusing to wear hearing aids is a pretty common scenario. Some people spend thousands for them. try them for a few days or weeks, chuck them in a drawer and never put them on again. And many other people refuse to buy aids after testing that shows they need aids or won’t even go and get tested. Besides the high cost (especially in light of their estimated lifespan of only about five years), they can be uncomfortable. They can make your own voice sound boomy and make music “sound funny”; they’re designed to improve speech comprehension of the person you’re facing, and the tiny microphones and speakers aren’t great at other tasks.

    Hearing aids are not plug’n’play, the way eyeglasses are, put ’em on at the store and you’re probably good to go for a few years. It takes time for the brain to adjust to hearing aids and can take several return visits to an audiologist to find the best fit and settings.

    One thing my parents were right about when I was a kid. I listened to music too loudly. And power tools took their toll as well. I wear hearing aids now. I wouldn’t understand a lot of speech without them. But they only help somewhat. They do not restore normal hearing. Most people do not have health insurance that covers them, though some do (often only partially), and many veterans can get them if they’re willing to put up with the VA bureaucracy to do it.

    Best advice: turn the music down and wear ear protection in loud settings, because hearing aids are a poor, pricey substitute for normal hearing. That’s why guys like the one in the cartoon don’t wear them, to the annoyance of friends and family.

    New, much cheaper (few hundred dollars, rather than a few thousand dollars), over-the-counter hearing devices are coming soon which will make them more affordable to many.

  2. 2 Damidwesterner November 2, 2018 at 11:03 pm

    Dad was like that, sometimes not wearing his, even when he went to the dining area for meals at the assisted living facility. Some of this tablemates mentioned that to me. I mentioned it to him, and he said he’s sometimes lazy, or he wasn’t in a conversing mood.

    His hearing had gotten fairly bad, and he finally got some after we got into an argument over some piddling issue. I had told him multiple times about something, and when it finally happened, he got mad and said ‘why didn’t you tell me about it?’. I said I’d been telling him for some time, but he just couldn’t hear me. I had to yell at him to get my point across, and sometimes he’d get annoyed about me yelling at him. Well, what do you expect when you’re nearly deaf?

    Not having them in sometimes was a problem, especially if he had to go to the hospital for some reason. The nurses would tell me that he’s not overly responsive, and I’d tell them that’s because he probably didn’t have his hearing aids in. Then somebody from the home had to grab them and take them to him. I remember the last time it happened, the batteries were dead, and they didn’t know he had a couple dozen spares squirreled away in a drawer. 😀

  3. 3 unclerave November 3, 2018 at 11:28 am

    LOL, Damid. I’m glad I’m not there yet. My Mom always claimed that her hearing was just fine, but my sister and I always had to repeat ourselves when talking to her. She DID play a lot of head games in her last few years though, so I wouldn’t put anything past her.

    — YUR

  4. 4 LindaLee November 7, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    My husb has the aids, has for years now. I went to the doc with him. As far as him hearing me — they don’t work too well. My voice tone falls in his worst hearing zone. Not good! But he does hear everyone else pretty well–as long as they are semi-close and looking at him–AND he’s paying attention.

    Some situations, obviously, are better than others. The aids do connect up well with the TV and I don’t get pushed out of a room if we are watching a show together. That is nice. And it is amazing at how many “misunderstandings” come about due to hearing issues! 😦

    Today I hear well, and I thank God every morning for that. But I know my day will probably come. My brother says I can “hear a frog f@rt”! So when he and the HUSB are whispering about something, I can hear every word.

    Damid, you are so right, it’s not like getting glasses and you have that new, clear vision! BUT, they are better than nothing. I’m wondering if those hold horns people used to put up to their ears would work better?! LL

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