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When my grandmothers both started getting older, there were obvious things that looking back we should have noticed. Little things we just thought “oh that’s how old people are” which in reality, not all older people are the same. Just like younger people are not all the same. I wish I could be as active as both of my grandmother’s were, instead it feels like my body is falling apart.
We always used to joke with my grandmother about how loud her TV would be.
Even bought her one of those cheap “AS SEEN ON TV” hearing aid looking devices, which she hated, in hopes that the TV wouldn't be on full blast all of the time.
My grandmother used to go on daily walks. If it was raining or snowing, she would head to the mall and walk the mall. She always said she had to get at least 2 miles of walking in daily to keep herself active, because she didn't want her health to start deteriorating.
She was literally 87 yrs old walking 2 miles a day, while I was being lazy and refused to even walk 1/4 mile to the corner store and would drive there, still I have those days. I'll admit it, I'm lazy and rely on my vehicle A LOT.
When it comes to keeping older loved ones active and comfortable, we always fail to understand that picking on them about simple things like a loud TV or a step stool next to their bed, etc is how they try to keep things slightly “normal” for themselves.
It wasn't until my grandmother passed away after a horrible fall that I started realizing that everything she was doing, was keeping her alive, healthy but above all of that, happy. She liked to walk, be as independent as she could be and do things on her own. She rarely forgot things, if she did, it was normal things. None caused anyone concerns for Alzheimer Disease or even Dementia. Looking back, she was healthier at 87 yrs old, than I am now.
As I am Getting Older It Feels Like My Body is Falling Apart
My husband is always telling me how loud the TV is and asks me to constantly turn it down. The problem is, if I turn it down, I can't hear it. Even in my office, when I'm listening to music, watching tutorial videos, etc., my volume is SUPER high.
Recently I was approached by a wonderful company to help with hearing the TV without having it so loud for the rest of the family. Unfortunately, it's a device I need to use, as my hearing is starting to go. The saying goes something like “It's all down hill after 30!” I swear it was like someone clicked their fingers once I turned 30 because EVERY ailment that is out there started flooding my body. Granted, my endometriosis had been there since I was about 23-24yrs old, but you get the point.
About the Geemarc CL7350 OPTI by Sonic Alert
Comfortable and light with clear stereo sound
Integrated microphone, so you can switch to conversation and increase the ambient sound at the touch of a button
Volume control (up to 125dB) / left/right balance control
Fast recharging system, full charging time: 3 hours. The headset recharges automatically when it’s on the base
Easy access to settings on the headset
Comes with 2 sets of ear bud cushions
Pro to the system is that it is wireless, so you don't have to be tethered to the base & charges fast, while holding the charge for awhile also.
Con to the system is that though it comes with a digital wiring, if you have any other device using that digital output, you won't be able to use it (think surround system or gaming system). You can set up an A/V cable, but again, if another device is using the outlet, you won't be able to use it.
Even with those pro's and con's to the system, if you have someone who lives alone or maybe just a couple, by all means, this is a great device for them, hopefully it will help them feel less like their body is falling apart, like I do.
When it comes to hearing, I want to add that if you notice you're not hearing things like you used to. Schedule an appointment with your primary care physician and see if something is blocking your ear canal. If nothing is blocking, have your PCP refer you to an audiologist to check your hearing and possibly fitted for a hearing device.
My oldest son is hearing impaired so we take hearing really serious in our home.
It's not something to be taken likely. If you find out you're losing your hearing, don't worry, there are LOTS of agencies out there that can help you.
Our favorite program here in Ohio for children with disabilities is BCMH or Bureau For Children With Medical Handicaps. So check out your local BCMH branch. BCMH's mission is to assure, through the development and support of high quality, coordinated systems, that children with special health care needs and their families obtain comprehensive care and services that are family centered, community based and culturally sensitive.
Established in 1880, the NAD is the nation's largest consumer organization safeguarding the accessibility and civil rights of 28 million deaf and hard of hearing Americans in education, employment, health care, and telecommunications. The NAD focuses on grassroots advocacy and empowerment, captioned media, deafness-related information and publications, legal assistance, policy development and research, public awareness, certification of interpreters, and youth leadership development.