Saturday, November 17, 2012
I received this in email today - seemed to hit home for me. Maybe it will be useful for others.
Law of the Garbage Truck
One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport. We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us.
My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches! The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us.
My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean, he was really friendly.
So I asked, 'Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!'
This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call, 'The Law of the Garbage Truck.'
He explained that many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and sometimes they'll dump it on you.
Don't take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Don't take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the streets.
The bottom line is that successful people do not let garbage trucks take over their day.
Life's too short to wake up in the morning with regrets.
Love the people who treat you right.
Pray for the ones who don't.
Life is ten percent what you make it and ninety percent how you take it!
Have a garbage-free day!
Have a wonderful day!
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Today I went to a presentation by the ReSound representatives to hear about the latest greatest hearing aid technology...
I'm cautiously optimistic... or maybe always hoping and optimistic, but still raw and cautious from some of the less than professional conduct of previous hearing aid dealers and other snake oil salesmen.
This blog won't make a lot of sense to the average hearing person and so it's okay, as this is really just my place to sort out my thoughts. And I got to get it in before midnight before the points expire.
There's a lot of backstory but I really don't have time to go into it. The main thing is that my sensorineural hearing loss is what's known as "ski slope" you know, like skiing down almost a straight vertical cliff downward into "loooooooook ouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuut!" and then...... splat!
Those hearing losses do NOT work well with the historical variety of "analog" hearing aids. (Insert very long and dry and technical dissertations upon discussion upon ancedotal stories about why this is true...). Analog hearing aids would be the type everyone has seen on anyone else the past, oh, 45 years or more. I myself am of the old-school generation who wore the HIDEOUSLY UGLY Zenith body aid strapped across my private-school "kiddegarten" classes (back in the day before USA Federally mandated half day kindergartens were established, long before full-day kindergartens...) and first grader dresses, where kids would poke me, thump on it, magnifying the sounds and hurting my ears.
Okay, so today's show wasn't about your grandmother's hearing aids...
Noooo these have built-in blue tooth. They come with mini-microphones. They connect seamlessly to your bluetooth enabled hearing aids. They send signals back and forth to each other (the left ear aid and the right ear aid) to amplify the sounds you hear behind you, outside the usual range of the directional microphones. They have FM enabled transmitters (which they called "streamers", how cute!!) which would put the signal from a TV monitor or Stereo or other sound device right into my ear.
Guess they will surpress wind sounds (important in Kansas and a major disadvantage of the hearing aids I've had.... and other feedback inducing sounds.
Guess they process music stupendously wonderful (and yea, I know, it's weird, but the deaf gal goes to the Wichita Symphony with her hearing husband. I use an Infrared (IR) receiver which only partially processes the music - anything above a certain volume, and it "clips" out the sound and I hear nothing for awhile until the circuitary comes back online. Yea, kinda like a veg-0-matic approach to music. Better than just watching the guest violinist stand on stage and play the "air violin" literally, this way I do get some sense of the range of a violin. But a piccolo player? I might hear 3 or 4 separate notes if they played it literally in my ear, the one end shoved into my good ear while the player attempts to blow into it a mere 2 or 3 inches away. Anyone looking at us would think it was some weird "whispering sweet nothings" process.
Oh and "whisper sweet nothings"? what's that???
So I don't know. Do I trust or do I stay away.
And where do I pony up $5,000.00+ (USA dollars.)
Obama care has reduced the maximum Flexible Spending Account from $5,000 to $2500.00. Oh joy! And this helps me how?
Our insurance has no coverage provisions for hearing aids. I realize some lucky saps do. I talked to a friend of mine who was deafened in the 1980's at the age of 8 or 9 years of age due to a case of spinal meningitus. Her husband's insurance pays 90% of hearing aids cost every two years. Wowza!
So anyway... time is slipping away. I can edit more later....
I have a lot of ambivalence... need another pros and cons list?
Thursday, November 08, 2012
Remember me muttering elsewhere about all the settings and switches and TV and DVD and all, trying to get the "Tai Chi for Beginners" DVD to perform the captions that were allegedly on it (produced by Element, taught by Samuel Barnes)???
Today I installed a different free-ware Video DVD software that was recommended to me by a woman I met last month who is late deafened (she teaches ASL at a private school for the deaf, as well as tutoring for pay. She captures YouTube videos of various topics having to do with and performed in ASL, and saves them to her hard drive. She said she has had cases where YouTube videos she'd seen were then removed and so she started her own collection, mostly to help teach her students.)
I got it installed and it's a bit rough around the edges, but I was able to right click during play and find the "Subtitle" settings, and then click on "Caption 1" and I got all the CAPTIONS!!
Ahhh I was hoping I had a screen shot of the captions but evidently I didn't do it right! They were nice big sub-title style captions, white letters over the video, not the "old school" style of captioning with the black block over video with white letters inside.
Anyway, I need to get some sleep now, but I'll get the links for this software - its put together with volunteers and is open source and no malware, viruses, or anything in it. I had a bit of stuttering in the sound quality, but that's likely my poor old computer filling up the cache buffers....
oh here it is:
For those who like to download from reputable computer expert websites, where it is scanned and verified, here's another link to download the same program:
And this video was much more interesting reading the captions, so I'm wanting to get to sleep so I can watch it again while my son is off to school, where I can have more space...
Curious to see if I can get the other Elements DVD to perform the subtitles as well.
And this is an example of the kind of ignorance - well-meaning but accidentally confusing, I suspect - goes on when hearing people say that their DVD is "captioned" when in reality, it has a subtitle track. The two systems are encoded differently, and subtitling has less information so far as other environmental sounds (like this one, doesn't say anything about the music in the background, the ocean you can see beyond where the man is performing his Tai Chi exercises, etc the way it would be in captioning.) But... at least I got something, because non of my DVD players were pulling it out with their caption and/or subtitle menu options, and I do not know why.
But I am still Thankful, alright??
And Yes, Mary - we'll have to watch it a few times with captions on so we'll know what we're "supposed to do" later on, when we have our eyes closed!! (plus, some of us, closing our eyes can mean balance issues and the world going tilt - but I know my balance seems to do better if I keep trying to do these various exercises - like rebounding etc.).
good night, ya'll!
Tuesday, November 06, 2012
...flying solo with my new cpap. Will see how this goes.
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