On the drive home, as we first listened to surf music, and then Neil Young, I realized that I did not purchase hearing aids. Rather, I purchased a surround sound system. And this is what I am going to tell anyone who asks – but no one will because the two speaker systems are quite small. The larger cone-shaped devices are passé.
Listening to the music was like putting on Pete’s headphone speakers and listening to music. This is because each device (I was told) contains six speakers. I looked on the internet a few days ago and saw that the outside sound is transmitted by a computer chip. This is pretty remarkable.
There are a good many of us baby boomers. And because of the advances in technology we’ll now all be able to do as I did this evening, that is stand and listen to the sound of screech owls. This, and later hearing the clicking of the keyboard under my fingers made me aware of the fact that being able to hear is a gift. In my case, the (thankfully) temporary loss of my hearing reminded me of this. In retrospect, what I experienced today was much like what I experienced the day after I had cataract surgery. Prior to having surgery, the landscape around me had gotten progressively more cloudy. But afterwards, the same vistas were crisp and clear again.
Surround sound. Uttering this term, and using it to describe these new auditory devices is, at least in my situation, most apt. It’ll be interesting to see if those in my situation take to the phrase and also feel heartened.
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