Saturday, December 4, 2010

An Exhausting, Really Neat Day!

Yesterday started really early for me. It might not be early for most people, but it was for me.

I was out at the bus stop at 8:30, after making a purchase and getting cash back at CVS so that I would have money for the bus and Metro.

The bus took me up to the Pentagon, where I got on the Metro and went to where I could get a bus to the audiology lab.

I had some time to wander around and get lunch and do some window shopping.

I had a long conversation with the audiologist, and she adjusted the hearing aids I have now, and they are so much better!

Although it sounds loud enough that I can hear it when somebody talks to me (with or without the aids), usually it sounds like a lot of random sounds with only an occasional word or phrase that I can identify. After the adjustments, I can understand almost everything that's said to me with only an occasional word that I can't get. And there's not much extraneous, distracting sound like there used to be!

The aids I have now are completely inadequate, though, and I'll be getting behind the ear aids because my hearing has gotten worse, and that's the only type that will correct the problem.

In addition to just the aids, they will have Bluetooth capability (as they said on The Big Bang Theory, "Everything's better with Bluetooth!"), and I'll be getting something called a "loop" which will convert my aids into the equivalent of earbuds!

I'll be able to hear music again!

And, as if all that wasn't enough, they asked me what color I want! Wow! I'll be getting Navy blue aids!

I'm so excited, I can't tell you!

And then I had to wait for the bus for an hour at the Pentagon, but I got to watch the planes taking off from National. I love to watch planes! It's not as much fun as flying them, but I take what I can get.

It was a long and exhausting day, but a lot of fun!


Update on my previous discussion of ebook readers/tablet PCs: I may not have mentioned the Galaxy Tablet, which is available for the major cell phone companies. It's an ereader and a lot more. It has Bluetooth, and can be used as a phone, it has two cameras, one forward facing and one backward facing, so it can be used to take photos and email them or send them to another cell phone, or for teleconferencing! It's Android powered, like many of the phones and tablets out there, and there are already lots of apps for it! It costs a bit more, but has a lot more capability.


While I'm on the subject of cool stuff that's available to give (or get) for Christmas, I got an email from some people who have been sending me info for a little while now. They have an amazing range of stuff, some of it relatively inexpensive, that would make fabulous Christmas gifts. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see how to enter for their iPad giveaway. This is the 32 gig model with wifi, which is a step up from most of the iPad giveaways out there. Entry to the giveaway is free, so give it a shot!


Hope you're having a fabulous weekend!


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