Recently, I noticed there are things that I haven’t being hearing like the microwave beeping or the toaster popping. I mentioned this to my doctor who sent me for a hearing evaluation. Turns out my right ear is OK but the hearing in my left ear was significantly impaired.
So, this past Thursday I picked up a hearing aid. At 44, I like to think I’m not that old yet but I have to tell you I have been happy to hear better. I knew I wasn’t hearing some things but everything is clearing now. For instance, when I was walking towards someone and they tried to talk to me I would have to tell them to wait till I got closer because I couldn’t understand what they were saying. That is better now. I could hear the musicians and lector better at Mass this weekend.
Why am I writing about this on a religious blog? First, because I know some people are reluctant to get hearing aids because they don’t want to admit they need help or are getting old (pride). I want to say after just three days, it is worth it. Secondly, as a priest, a lot of my ministry involves talking. Not hearing clearly, or at all, impedes my ministry. I can’t allow that to happen. I want to make sure things like this don’t stand in the way of my ministry.
Some people avoid getting glasses thinking people will make fun of them or think less of them. I have worn glasses most of my life. It’s normal to me. I’ve only worn a hearing aid for three days but I am happy to have the help it gives me.
Now, if I can just continue to do better in asking other people for help instead of trying to do so much myself. Since I became a pastor, I have made a lot of progress but there is still room to grow.