Thanks, Mal. Sorry that you also have hearing problems. My husband was reluctant to get hearing aids due to the expense. His will be about $4,000, none of which is covered by Medicare. Then he realized that he was withdrawing from life, leaving a room to avoid conversations he couldn’t hear, not starting conversations, missing out on information, losing connections with others. A very social man who loves to talk and listen, he realized he was hermitizing himself. Not to mention all the misunderstanding with me, most of which are not as amusing as Muscovies becoming Tobies. He realized that he was missing out on so much and we crunched numbers to find a way to avoid the hearing aids. I just hope he uses them. So many don’t.

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