Before I leave the subject of being misunderstood because of hearing loss, I would like to share a story written in The Daily Journal in Kankakee, Illinois. The author of the story is J. Dennis Marek, who has been a practicing attorney in the city for a number of years. I thought the story funny, and it really brings home why it is so important to hear words correctly.
“A couple of weeks ago, I related in my column a hearing mistake in a courtroom that led to my first hearing aid. The word I thought I heard turned out to be ‘peanuts’ rather than a male body part. When I realized the young attorney was trying to tell me my peanut order from Kiwanis was in, I was relieved greatly…”
That is so, so true. Can you imagine what went through his head when he heard his p… is in, instead of his peanuts? I really wanted to pass this story on, it is just so funny and , oh, so true when it comes to mishearing words.