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Comment by Idaho Spud on November 16, 2018 at 12:22pm

Plinius, my eyesight is good now.  

By age 60, my nearsightedness was so bad, I could only see clearly at things 4 inches from my eyes, without glasses.

My ability to focus from near to far was so bad I had to carry around 4 pair of glasses to see well at different distances.

I got tired of that, so had artificial lenses put in my eyes.  The one in the left eye lets me see clearly at 2 feet.  The one in the right eye lets me see clearly from 8 feet to infinity.  Between them both, I can see reasonably well from 1 foot to infinity.

I now only need glasses for reading fine print, but wear my reading glasses when on the computer.  It's better that way.

I'm pleased with how my brain can switch from left eye to right & back depending on the distance I want to see something, and I have no trouble with depth perception.

I would like to still be able to see at 4 inches without a magnifying glass, but you can't have everything :)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 16, 2018 at 2:53am

Glad you're enjoying your hearing aid, Plinius. Interesting story, Idaho Spud.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 16, 2018 at 1:57am

Chris, teaching a few more years means more people will have the experience of an excellent and caring instructor. I'm happy to learn about your new ability to hear. You describe your event in suggestive ways; I can imagine your eyes sparkling with each pleasant sound. I hope it is an enjoyable experience for you as you get used to them. 

Spud, I enjoyed your story of seeing clearly for the first time. 

Thankfully, we live in a time with technology improving our lives. 

Randy, some subscriptions are "money down a hole." From my perspective, if this site can't support itself and fails, each month I have with you dear friends has value. 

Comment by Plinius on November 15, 2018 at 11:51pm

Thanks! I'm in the trial and adjustment time, but I think it's going to be a success. And I can go on teaching a few years more!

How's your eyesight now, Spud?

Comment by Patricia on November 15, 2018 at 1:04pm

Rick went through a few adjustments with his to have the sounds comfortable. He's fine with them now. You'll appreciate sound more now, Plinius….congrats.

Comment by Plinius on November 15, 2018 at 1:00pm

Thanks! It's quite shocking, really. I knew my hearing problems but only today realized how serious they are and how many years they've played a part in my life. I was well on the way to live in silence and I'm happy with the hearing aids.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 15, 2018 at 12:51pm

Congratulations on the new, improved hearing Chris. Friends who use hearing aids say that the sounds can be overwhelming at first.

I've been using reading glasses for the past 18 years. Anything closer that arms length is a blur.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 15, 2018 at 12:05pm

Hope you can sort it out in a positive manner Plinius.

Your story reminded me of the glasses I got in the first grade of school.  What the teacher wrote on the blackboard was too blurry to make-out.  She moved me to the front seat and it was still too blurry.  She sent a note home with me that said this guy needs some glasses.

When I got home with my glasses, I looked at the lawn and said "Wow!  I can see individual blades of grass without getting down on my hands and knees."  I looked up at one of the trees and said "Wow!  I can see the individual leaves without climbing the tree."

Comment by Randall Smith on November 15, 2018 at 7:19am

Hurray, Chris! I bet music will sound a lot better. Enjoy the sounds of nature and more.

I'm hoping my recent contribution to this site isn't "money down a rat hole". I'd hate to see A/N fail. I use it most every day.

Comment by Plinius on November 15, 2018 at 6:36am

Wow, my first hearing aids! I'm completely overwhelmed by sounds - sounds I haven't heard for years, I realize now. Sounds I never knew were there, like squeeks in the keyboard, soundless alarmclocks begin to tick, the cat's feet patter, clothes and books rustle, zippers screech. I'm surrounded by explosions of sounds and it will take me some time to sort it out.


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