As long as man has been on this earth the natural process of aging has caused some to partially or completely lose their hearing as well as other bodily functions. To compensate for this loss, one very bright caveman discovered that by listening through the small end of a cone-shaped object sound was magnified somewhat louder thereby enabling him to hear a little better. So…….he gathered all the horns he could find, polished them up and sold them to the other old cave people for inflated prices and became one of the first shop owners ( J. O. B.’s HORNY EARS ) and millionaires.
Hundreds of years later descendents of this caveman discovered electronics. Next came the geniuses of the Twentieth and Twenty First Centuries. The “chip and digital” of the computer world. (Forgive me “Chip and Dale“) They designed and manufactured apples, blueberries, lap-tops and flip-flops, droids and androids, i phones and i pads, (soon the rest of the alphabet will receive their due recognition) kimdles and tablets, Razrs and Razus, Smart phones for dummies and Dumb phones for smarties and who knows what else; all sold at inflated prices of course……..and miles away high on a sunny hill overlooking the world is a ramshackle little shack with a sign over the door with faded letters that reads…..”J.O.B’s HORNY EARS”. On the porch sitting in an original “Crackerbarrell” rocking chair, is an old caveman. Cobwebs stretch from shed to shirt, his trusty club lays across his lap, (“Louisville Slugger“), his hair grown down to his waist and his beard grown down between his legs to the floor where it curls around his ankles several times. Fastened to his dinosaur shirt is a name tag covered in so much dust it can hardly be read. It says…………….. AL GORE, INVENTOR.
STAY WITH ME READERS WE’RE GETTING TO THE “POINT” OF ALL THIS RAMBLING. An off-shoot of all these electronic geniuses had hairy ears and decided to try his luck with inventing hearing aids. Edward Stevens, Oct. 17, 1905 to Jan. 29, 1995, a Welch inventor designed the first “wearable” electronic hearing aids. As time went by digital hearing aids that inserted into the ear canal were made and sold at very inflated prices. NOW; all of these gadgets had to have a source of power from which they could operate………You guessed it Readers, THE BATTERY and the “POINT”. Depending on the make, size and design of the hearing aids, the batteries are various sizes, but all are quite small. Mine are “size 10”, round (7/32″dia) and flat (1/8″thick approx.). My aids are an insertable, digital pair. Needless to say with my “not so nimble fingers”, it is a difficult job to get the batteries into place. I finally bought a pair of tweezers to help my efforts and find it somewhat easier. I have never had a battery last me more than 4-5 days and I do disconnect the battery at night. I have read testimonials that some people have had them last 5-7 days, but never longer and they can be quite expensive. One other minus for insertable aids. The wearer can NOT adjust the sound or anything else on the aids. They can only be adjusted at the retailers on a computer.
Talk about your hairy dog stories. This is becoming one…………. On Dec. 7, 2012 (to remember Pearl Harbour Day) I had a pacemaker installed. Wonderful invention. It could save your life. It helps keep your heart going, and going, and going like the pink rabbit. The size of a pacemaker is not much larger than an insertable hearing aid (just flatter) and yet the pacemaker battery and unit will last for 5 to 10 YEARS. Hearing aids can cost from approx. $500.00 to $5000.00 “each” and a person could need two of them. A pacemaker costs from $4000.00 to $5000.00 each. For the readers information, I know absolutely nothing about how a battery is made or what materials are used to make one. Electricity and chemistry are as foreign to me as can be. So, will someone please explain to me the difference in cost of batteries for each unit and why a hearing aid battery can not last for 5 to 10 years other than the fact that the public is being ripped off royally.
William L. Verrill 1/6/13