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Thursday, April 11, 2013

I went through my yearly mine safety training session yesterday. While 99% of what happened is of no real interest here, I do get a free yearly screening and hearing check and then in another year or so I will probably also get a respritory exam to compare against my baseline to make sure I am not getting a lung condition from all of the things associated with mining. Being on an outside crew minimizes this aspect alot so no worries there.

The good news:

My blood work is fantastic!
Total Cholesterol: 138
HDL: 41
LDL: 75
Triglycerides: 108
Glucose: 97
Total Cholesterol / HDL ratio 3.3

Wow, that was great :) We have a tendency to love the externals of weight loss like we love cars... we love the polish, the clean interior, creature comforts and the new car smell BUT it's what's going on under the hood is what matters in the long run.

So far, my engine is running fine, the oil says so :)

Now for the bad news...

My hearing.

I have seen the charts over the last 5 years and there has been a degradation in my hearing, especially in my right ear. This time it was enough that the nurse told me to stay in the room after everyone else exited. There was real concern and I was rescheduled for a more detailed exam in another week.

I have know this all along but have lived in denial.

I have a hard time hearing conversation above certain conflicting noises like running water in the bathroom. I frustrate people sometimes when on the phone. Im right handed and hold it up to my compromised ear (right) and you know how cell phones get.. can you hear me now? then add in the loss.

I have to switch ears which is awkward.

I'm not hard of hearing yet , not by a long shot, but this is a serious wake up call for me.

After years of being in the military and working the flightline in the '80s, shooting, loud head banging music, and industrial exposure, it has finally begun to catch up with me.

Before I head to work, I wanted to toss this out there... most of us workout while plugged into our MP3 players, or we cannot conceive of running without music because it is like an IV drip of our favorite motivational drug. I would ask you to reconsider before you wind up like me. We love to shrug stuff like this off but sooner or later the reaper will call. Too loud is always a few notches higher that what WE play it at right? Or is it that we have grown so used to a certain level that it takes an extra boost to get the extra "thump" we need to push us down the road a little further.

You know what I'm talking about... don't shrug and play innocent.

Think about it, that's all I'm asking.

What good is it if, when you reach your goals, you cant hear your grandkids, or leaves crunching in the Fall?

Consider and be wise.
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EFFRAYECHILDE 5/3/2013 7:47AM

    Wise words. Thank you for sharing.

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SHANNONY84 4/26/2013 8:32AM

    I have hearing loss. I was in a car accident and lost a lot of the small sounds that come thru! It is hard to think that is why I cannot hear my daughter sometimes! Be healthy. You are making great progress! Keep with it!

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GRAMPIAN 4/17/2013 6:02AM

  Wise words- thank you.

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MARITIMER3 4/16/2013 10:30PM

    My hearing is definitely deteriorating too, and I know I will eventually require a hearing aid or aids. I'm putting it off as long as I can, but know that I miss out on parts of group convesations, and some thingsw on the phone.

Glad that they keep an eye on the respiratory concerns related to mining, and congratulations on your good blood work.

Gail


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MISSLISA1973 4/16/2013 7:28PM

    There is no "maybe" about hearing loss. If you listen to too loud music or sounds, you are doing damage to your hearing. Do it long enough, you will lose your hearing, no "maybe" about it. I hate to see all these people driving with their music blasting so loud we can hear three and four vehicles down... with our windows up. If they live long enough, they will regret it. Hearing aids can only do so much.

Congrats on the great blood numbers... emoticon Your hard work is really paying off. Your kids may not know it, but they appreciate it. emoticon

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DOTTY7267 4/15/2013 2:56PM

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_MOBII_ 4/15/2013 11:05AM

    I can commiserate with your ears :(
I am 41 and wear hearing aids in both ears. After finally getting tired of other people mumbling, I finally sucked it up and went to the doctor and dealt with the news of what I already knew. The only thing we can't figure out is what prompted my loss. I don't work in the mining industry and I have never been to a concert.
It sucks. Its expensive. I cried a little bit and then filled out the loan paperwork (my insurance didn't cover anything other than the doctor visit).

Thank you for putting this out there for everyone Robert, definitely an important topic to post about, especially with so many of us using earbuds and music to get by and work through it!

Also....congrats on your bloodwork!

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JIBBIE49 4/14/2013 8:36AM

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KAB7801 4/13/2013 11:23PM

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FIRECOM 4/13/2013 6:58PM

    Great numbers. As to the hearing loss, I notice that with me as well. Of course, I have a lot of years on you.

Heard a great story (joke) about an old geezer like me went to the doc because he could not hear general conversations and was frustrated. Hearing aids were prescribed which resulted in almost perfect hearing.

He had a follow up with the doc and he asked if his family was pleased that he could hear and understand what was going on and the fellow responded ...

Haven't told them yet, but I have changed my will three times.

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SANDYLH1 4/13/2013 4:12PM

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OPTIMIST1948 4/13/2013 2:17PM

    On this website we tend to focus on the health and miss little things like the hearing and vision portion of our health. Thanks for reminding us to focus on the Big Picture!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 4/13/2013 1:11PM

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ANGELN325 4/13/2013 11:45AM

    Awesome work on taking care of your health. It will be awkward at first talking on the phone with your left ear, but you'll get used to it. I'm ambidextrous so it's very natural for me to use my left ear which works better even though I use my right hand for many other things. Is there anything you can do to get your hearing back. I like to keep music and TVs on the lower settings. After awhile my ears get used to it. I'm to the point where even with the sound level on 6, I can hear the TV when I go to bed at night and my daughter is starting to think that 12 is too loud. You are so right...loud is not the way to go. It takes its toll after awhile.

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HKARLSSON 4/13/2013 10:24AM

    Yeah, it's amazing how quickly hearing can deteriorate before we realize it. I've gotten to the point where I can't hear conversations very well when there is background noise, and I catch myself turning up the car radio louder than I used to. Hearing loss is not reversible, but there are things people can do to keep it from getting worse, like not using the ear buds so much (and in my case, wearing earplugs when playing in a large ensemble or ear protectors when working in the machine shop).

Congrats on the good bloodwork, though!

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LIFETIMER54 4/13/2013 8:22AM

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ROUNDTOWNMOM 4/13/2013 8:15AM

    THANK YOU!!!! As a nurse, I "preach" this all the time................and yep................it falls on soon-to-be deaf ears............. Your hearing loss started with loud noise associated with things you, at the time, couldn't control. We CAN control what volume we plug into our ears.

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CICELY360 4/12/2013 11:21PM

  good blog

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JAMER123 4/12/2013 11:18PM

    Being in the medical profession, we have had concerns for younger people and how loud they play their music etc. We are going to have the majority of our population with hearing loss the way it is going. I am sorry so you are having problems. I hope you can get good results with whatever treatment plan you choose. Our lives revolve around outside noises whether soft or loud. Even the movie theaters have the sound way to loud. Best wishes to you!!
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JERICHO1991 4/12/2013 10:30PM

    Thanks for the advice. As a musician, I try to be very careful concerning my ears. I am very envious of your blood profile.

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HEARTS116 4/12/2013 9:13PM

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SHOAPIE 4/12/2013 9:01PM

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BKNOCK 4/12/2013 9:01PM

    Great blood work!

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KIPPER15 4/12/2013 8:45PM

    It is unfortuneate that we don't realize how we can damage our hearing until it is to late. Thank you for the reminder.

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MYSTERIOUS-LADY 4/12/2013 8:29PM

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ONLYTEMPORARY 4/12/2013 6:53PM

    Sorry about your hearing. I have had issues with back ground noise for many years though I never had loud music. I did work in an apple packing plant with lots of noise.

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THANK TOU FOR THE WAKE UP. LET'S HOPE OTHERS WILL READ THIS AND WAKE UP ALSO

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CHANGINGELAINE 4/12/2013 4:17PM

    This blog is perfect timing for me. Three weeks ago my mom got a cold. She went to the doctor 2 days later because her eyes were matting and she felt crappy. The doctor gave her antibiotics which she took and her eyes got better. About 5 days after the cold started she began to loose her hearing. She went back to the doctor who got her into a ear specialist. The specialist drained her eardrums of fluid and once again she could hear BUT that evening the fluid returned and her hearing was once again gone. Back to the specialist we went and now are waiting for tubes to be put in her ears to continually drain the fluid. This will not happen until April 26. We know her nerves have been damaged in her ears but not by how much.
My mom is 76 and has always had good health, she is struggling now with the thought of not being able to hear again. Luckily she is a positive person and looks for the best in her situation.
I have come to appreciate my hearing SO MUCH more since all this started. I went to the dentist and as I was cringing at the grinding noise as she drilled in my tooth all I could think about was how lucky I was to be able to hear that drill.
Thanks for sharing ....we don't know what we have lost until it's gone.

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BLPRETTYGIRL1 4/12/2013 4:14PM

    emoticon Blood work!

I have less hearing in my right ear due to ear infections. Sometimes it works to my advantage. I can roll onto my left ear into the pillow and not hear my dh snoring.

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LRSILVER 4/12/2013 4:02PM

    I am glad your blood work is so good. Take care of your ears. I think you should see an ENT just to be sure there is nothing that needs treatment.
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SUSIEMT 4/12/2013 3:59PM

    I understand what you're saying only because I see it in print. LOL! That's just a little joke I can use because I do wear hearing aids. I too was in the military around loud noises and played that same loud music. Once you have lost your hearing there is just no good substitute. No matter how good the hearing aid is something is still lost.
One of my favorite things is walking in the fall and hearing those leaves crunch under my feet. At least with the aids I can still hear that. Good luck!

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DIANNEMT 4/12/2013 3:54PM

    I hope that something can help you! One reason I do NOT use any headphones and even wear the super ugly and hot ear protectors when working outside around the lawn mower or chain saw. Good advice!!

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MARYJEANSL 4/12/2013 3:33PM

  You are so right. My older brother has lost a lot of hearing, he says from hunting and the noise of the rifle. I know my hearing isn't what it used to be, either. Thank you for the warning.

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CAT-IN-CJ 4/12/2013 1:59PM

    Good for you for addressing this issue.
I know/have know 5 people in my life who are very hard of hearing . . . and the things you say are true.

Nothing can sound as sweet as the laughter of your grandchildren, or thousands of other things that we take for granted.

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ABUFFKIN 4/12/2013 1:49PM

    Way to go on those numbers!!! I totally understand about the hearing loss, I had to deal with the abrupt loss of hearing in my right ear when I was 15 and it is not easy to adjust to. I still lose words when there is too much noise going on in the background.

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TIME-4-TINA 4/12/2013 1:23PM

    Hi,
something else we have in common. Nothing serious, but I have some hearing loss in my left ear. I have the same issue with background noise. If I am somewhere that is really loud, someone could be talking right into my ears and I have no idea what they are saying. I am very sensitive to loud noises as well. Meanwhile, my family seems to be totally insensitive to the fact that I can't hear them sometimes. My kids actually get annoyed with me if I ask them to repeat themselves. Meanwhile, you know how teenagers talk. Even the best ears can't hear their mumbling. Needless to say, I don't even own an ipod. Nor do I want one. Was never interested in one.

Regarding your bloodwork, congrats!! Impressive!!
Have a good day,
Tina (inventor of Hide the Heavy) ha ha!


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ROCKYCPA 4/12/2013 12:43PM

    Congrats on your great cholesterol numbers. Sorry to hear about your hearing - hopefully the next set of tests will come up with a solution to help you.

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REGILIEH 4/12/2013 12:38PM

    emoticon on your #'s!!!

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GINA180847 4/12/2013 12:34PM

    Yikes, I know I have some hearing loss. Alright I guess I'd better address it soon. Sorry about yours but the bloodwork is awesome.

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PATRICIAANN46 4/12/2013 12:27PM

  emoticon on the positive health findings. And........I am sorry to hear about your hearing loss, but you can be more vigilent now so that it doesn't get worse. emoticon for your good advice to the rest of us. That was very thoughtful.

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IAMAGEMLOVER 4/12/2013 12:18PM

    I know I have hearing loss and keep saying I am going to have it tested but never do. Great job on the blood work.

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LIVELYGIRL2 4/12/2013 11:59AM

  Your test results are amazing.

The ear thing I'm sure you can improve it, slow down the progression, or do some medical thing eventually. emoticon

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AJAYZCHAOS 4/12/2013 11:53AM

    As a person who lost 30 % hearing in my right ear and 22% in my left due to severe infections as a child I feel your pain. Sometimes I wonder if I would miss sight or hearing more since both seem to be going, but I'm almost certain it would be hearing because being unable to hear that 'life soundtrack' of meaningful songs that I need to hear at certain times would literally drive me insane. Good luck and good health.

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