Tigger is on the late shift today so we had a slow start to the day. When I eventually dragged myself away from the computer and got ready to go out, the clouds had gathered and there were already rain spots on the ground.
This bothered me. Rain is no big deal, especially in England, but I have become sensitized to it since being fitted with my “dolbies”, aka hearing aids, because I was told I mustn’t allow them to get wet and being where they are, perched on top of my ears, they are obviously vulnerable to rain.
I went back indoors to fetch my umbrella and my fleece cap. I usually carry the latter with me when I go out for any length of time in case it rains. Fleece isn’t waterproof but I think the cap is thick enough to keep off anything short of a torrential downpour.
So off I went, first to get cash from a cash machine. I used the Abbey at Angel, not because I have an account there but because they have indoor machines and I prefer that. Then I went to Oxfam to see if they had any French books in (they do sometimes). As I came out, I looked up at the grey sky and nervously pulled my hat down over my… my what? I wasn’t actually wearing my dolbies; I had forgotten to put them on! Yet I had been behaving as if I had, protecting the non-existent devices from the rain! No wonder everyone I had met had been whispering as if in church!
Yesterday, I solved a little mystery that has attracted my attention from time to time. I had shaved before putting on my dolbies but the shaver was still on the computer table. The hearing-aid user soon discovers how useful it is to be able to “turn down” the volume of the world by taking them out! I never wear them while shaving because I find an electric shaver quite noisy.
As I was reading a page on the screen, I absent-mindedly touched my face and noticed a rough spot. I picked up the shaver and ran it over the offending stubble. It was then I noticed the mystery noise.
The mystery noise is a low-level buzzing-crackling sound. I’ve heard it before without being able to work out where it comes from. I heard it now, like a sort of distant frying sound. It was in my right ear, on the side I had just shaved. I put my hand over my ear and hearing aid and the sound stopped!
So it seems that the mystery sound is a sort of feedback noise that is occasionally set up in my hearing aid. I can only guess that it was triggered by the shaver and continued (perhaps echoing against my ear) until I broke the vicious circle by putting my hand over it.