One of the problems is that the hearing aid microphones are beside my ear and therefore nowhere near the mouth of the person I want to hear. I have found the best answer is to use a wonderful system to communicate when I am in a one-to-one situation such as at home with Marcia. This comprises two units: the one she wears has a microphone – near her mouth – and a radio transmitter. I wear the radio receiver to which I listen using ear buds. The real problem is that it is a bit tricky in group situations when poor Marcia has to try to keep me up to speed with what others are saying. Well, I look forward to the new aids and hope that combined with a fair ability to lip read I shall once again be fit to be in company.
The main audiology department is down in Plymouth but they hold clinics in Kingsbridge (thank goodness) which is far easier for us. Anyway, it also meant we had a good excuse to go and eat lunch in The Boathouse at Torcross. This is one of our favourite places as it overlooks the sea on one side and Slapton Ley on the other.
|Torcross where these buildings are now protected by a sea wall.|
This photo by my friend and one time colleague Sarah Perring
|The Boathouse at Torcross|
|Not water birds.|
These two were sitting on our table when we arrived at The Boathouse.
|And here they are again with Justine (left) and Ziggy.|
|This inquisitive face belongs to a Tibetan Terrier Cross called Liquorice.|