It’s a lot easier to find material now that I’ve decided to devote every other post to a report about Getting Old. Today’s isn’t so much a whine as a puzzle. Looking for some income tax papers, I just came across last year’s mis-filed hearing test. Fine, I’ve been wanting to compare it with the one I took last week.
In the Pure Tone test, the new chart looks just about identical to last year’s. Nothing lost. Right ear still better than the left. Same low notes still test better than same high ones, at about the same levels. So here’s the puzzle: On Word Recognition (You.. will.. say .. “base..ball”) last year I recognized 92% of the words with the right ear, 72% with the left. This year it’s 56 and 52. No wonder I miss the joke when everyone else is chuckling. But I wish I’d thought to discuss that with the doctor. If I still hear the same sounds, why don’t I get the same words?
My own suspicion: it’s not the ears, it’s the brain. Which does, come to think of it, seem to be lazing off in other areas.