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i am a family physician who was diagnosed with
early mild cognitive impairment(mci) amnestic type on december 21, 2010
this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
because of this diagnosis i have opted to stop practicing medicine
this blog will be about my journey with this disease
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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

read this to check your hearing


hearing loss can be caused by
something in the outer ear like ear wax the most common cause
something wrong in the middle ear like fluid behind the eardrum or damage to the hearing bones
something wrong in the the inner ear like damage to the hearing nerve or the cochlea

i say huh sometimes when my wife she says something to me
i hear her ok but i do it just to mess with her

sometimes i pretend i dont hear what she says
sometimes i seem to have selective hearing 
ie i hear just what i want to hear

it seems a lot of husbands have this hearing problem

ive tested  my hearing several ways using methods i used in the office
i know my hearing is ok

but there are folks who obviously have a hearing loss that they wont get evaluated
they seem to miss a lot when they are in the middle of a conversation

now i have issues sometimes if i am inside in a noisy environment like a restaurant
i can have trouble understanding what folks are saying
thats not unusual in folks as they get older
in a normal conversation without a lot of noise i hear ok
thats called speech discrimination

recently i found this youtube video on kimkomando.com
i watched the video and followed the instructions

the first time i did the simulator i couldnt hear the noises very well
i flunked it
i realized i had my sound turned down on my computer
i turned it up and redid the test
it showed i had normal hearing

to take the test get in a quiet environment 
i did mine without my ear buds and passed ok

you can test your hearing in the privacy of your home
maybe your loved ones who wont get tested will agree to do this simple test
you basically just sit still and quiet and listen 

if you have a hearing loss thats significant on this video
get tested

you start with making sure your ear canal isnt full of ear wax or you dont have fluid behind your eardrum 
have a doctor or nurse look in the ear
then if thats ok get a good hearing test done
some primary care doctors do them
ent doctors do them
audiologists do them

some hearing loss responds to a hearing aid
some hearing loss does not

if a hearing aid works
get it
wear it
you will be surprised what you are missing

sit in at quiet room
watch this video
get evaluated if you dont do well on it

now sometimes folks just like to not hear folks
thats ok if it makes your life better

the organicgreen doctor

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