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If you can't hear well and don't respond appropriately to those around you... the likelihood of people not staying around you or conversing with you decreases because you can't talk to them in a normal manner. Hearing, answering , understanding and conversing in a normal manner is difficult if you have any degree of hearing loss. If as you say you have to ask them to speak up in order to hear them, then I would suspect you have some degree of hearing loss and need to see a hearing specialist or audiologist/doctor. Putting this off or denying you have any hearing loss, does not allow your brain to work to it's full capacity. Our brains are meant to be elastic and to work at thinking, learning, processing, listening and understanding. But if we don't at least investigate and see what is going on with our ears/brain, we allow our brain to atrophy...sit dormant and this is the isolation you refer to. We stay away from others and our brain becomes non-elastic and can contribute to changes that are not good for you. Studies have shown early signs of mental illness, dementia and other pathological problems. SO, if you feel like 56 years old, then contact your doctor and an audiologist and set up and apt. Get a hearing exam to see what is going on with your ears. Get the full story so you know how much you can actually hear and what you can do with what you can't hear. THEN, do something about it.
There is so much out there now a days for everyone - including you! NO ONE IS EXEMPT - NOT EVEN 100 years old or even 6 month olds. Technology and advancements in hearing aids, assistive listening devices, cochlear implants, as well as free caption telephones, and other hearing loss services that are there if you are willing to Step into our world. IT can be scary and difficult but did you know there are some 40 million Americans with some degree of hearing loss? That's alot of us but not everyone does something about it. So, we/I am out there to help one at a time to have a better life today.
Take the first step today/tomorrow and learn about YOU. Do it for you and for your husband,,,your family and me. It will be worth it for your brain too! Eloise

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Thank you for responding to me.. My doctor sent me for a hearing check about 2 years or so and I had minor hearing loss, but not enough to need aids.. Then last year I had another test at Costco.. there they put aids on me and had me walk around the store to find out how that sounded to me.. Well, it was too noisy and I didn't like it at all... I have read that hearing loss can cause some cognitive differences, so that's the reason I'm inquiring now.. At home I have earpieces for listening to television and my laptop, and I enjoy using them often.. My husband speaks up when I need to hear him better, which is usually in the car.. My cellphone audio is turned up so I can hear well on it.. I nearly always put it on speaker when I'm talking very long.. I guess what I'm saying here is that having hearing aids would just be another gadget for me to keep up with.. Changing batteries could be a problem for me since I'm a bit shaky and might need a magnifying glass for the job.. Being at home with my husband is enjoyable for me and I don't feel so isolated as it seems I actually am..

What does bother me the most is the women I meet and make friends with don't understand me.. I miss the friends that I had for so many years.. we knew each other well and understood and made allowances for our little quirks and eccentricities.. It does get lonely when you lose old friends... And now I am the oldest living member of what was a very large family that included aunts, uncles, cousins and inlaws.. I guess this is what it's like to get old.... not that I mind my years at all.. but I do miss those folks that I loved all my life, and they loved me... I wish old ladies would just be a bit kinder.... Thank the good Lord, my husband is adorable though...