GRAND Magazine - July/August 2011 - (Page 46)

“Whadya say??” “For God’s sake, get a hearing aid!” BY RICHARD J. ANTHONY, SR. F or me, old age began the day when, for the third time in five minutes, I uttered the words, “Whadya say?” and the other person screamed back, “For God’s sake, get a hearing aid!” I admit it. For years I’d been in denial about my gradual hearing loss. I associated it with diminished virility. Blamed it on wax buildup, people who didn’t speak distinctly or high female voices that were audible only to household pets. When I finally ran out of plausible explanations, I gave in to visiting an audiologist and the ignominy of being seated in a soundproof box, earphones on, straining to respond to a 46 GRAND JULY AUG 2011 Gen Y technician with a tattoo on her neck. Fifteen minutes later it was official: “Mr. Anthony has significant hearing loss in both ears and could benefit from amplification devices.” My wife, who had foretold the results, took a victory lap. Within a week I was festooned with solicitations from hearing aid purveyors within a 50-mile radius, which made me wonder about the privacy forms I sign when people in white poke at different parts of my body.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of GRAND Magazine - July/August 2011

GRAND - July/Aug 2011
Grand Treasure Hunt
Table of Contents
Grand View
Grand Central
American Pride (and Peace of Mind)
The Golden Now
Cover Story: The Baby Boomers’ Guide to Grandparenting
2011 Awards for Best Grandparenting Books
Bite Your Tongue?
Grand Products
Extraordinary Grands: Claudia Timbo
Grand Families: Going Through the Fire
Birds Do It
Grandparent Rights: Brainwashing Hannah
Teaching Kindness by Example
Getting Creative with Childhood Obesity
Toys ’n Tech
“Whadya Say??”
Grand Finale
The Big Reveal
Op Ed: Same-Sex Marriage, Pro or No?
Kinship Care Resources
Find Fun Things to Do

GRAND Magazine - July/August 2011