You can imagine how often I run into this issue in this profession. When I give patients the word testing, it’s sometimes hard not to laugh when they tell me what they think they heard. I’ve had a few patients blush and tell me, “I can’t say that!” Trust me, there are no off-color words in the standard word list. If you hear something that you think is bad, it’s in your head!
I had a deer hunter in the office the other day. We did a hearing test. I showed him his audiogram with its peaks and valleys.There’s a strong likelihood that his hearing loss is due to his hunting hobby. Shotgun blasts next to unprotected ears are not recommended. We discussed this. We discussed hearing protection.
He purchased new hearing aids. He was thrilled with the results and then commented, “I bet I’ll be able to hear the deer rustling through the leaves again with these! Can’t wait until deer season to try them out!”
Like the guy at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway wearing his hearing aids, there are times I’ll counsel you against wearing hearing aids too.
I’ve always had a thing for cows, so I found this extremely amusing! I wonder if I could commission a big ear?
Happy Pi Day!