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14 January 2012 @ 03:54 pm
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So my father is always hogging the TV downstairs in the family room, so mum never gets to watch her DVDs. I had the idea that she could use the 20" TV I used to have in my bedroom when I lived in Monterey, in the living room. This was a bad idea. She has it so loud, I can hear it in my room with the door closed, which means I have to turn my music up louder to drown it out - which is far louder than I like to listen to it. And I can almost guarantee my sound machine won't come near to drowning it out at night, as it barely covers the sound of when she's downstairs watching TV. And to add insult to injury, of course my father is now UPSTAIRS, because far be it for him not to be the center of all when mum finds something to do on her own. GAH!!
She went that-a-way...: amused methosjinxed_wood on January 14th, 2012 11:43 pm (UTC)
Ah, this is bringing back sweet memories of my own visits home. My father has gone deaf over the last few years and needs a hearing aid. Unfortunately for everyone at home, he hates wearing it, so he takes it off the moment he gets home and then blasts the telly. Fun times! I don't envy you.
Ithithildyn on January 15th, 2012 03:25 am (UTC)
Yeah, If I didn't have to get up at 5:30 for work most mornings, it wouldn't be so bad.
pat: NF leavespat_t on January 15th, 2012 02:57 am (UTC)
With Cody it was being on the phone with his girlfriend all day when I was sleeping. And them fighting. His tv wasn't too loud though. At least....I sympathize.
fkastriderfkastrider on January 15th, 2012 03:20 am (UTC)
At least pat_t is home from her flat tire.
Ithithildyn on January 15th, 2012 03:26 am (UTC)
It's awful when you work graveyard :(
fkastriderfkastrider on January 15th, 2012 03:18 am (UTC)
My Dad and I were talking about this problem and he said that Radio Shack has a room inductance loop available for a reasonable price. I just looked on the Radio Shack web site and couldn't see it.

(An inductance loop is used to transmit from an audio source, such as a TV, to the loop coil within a hearing aid. Hearing aids typically use the loop to receive the audio from a telephone handset. Many churches and airport terminals have room sized inductance loops so that people who use hearing aids can hear announcements clearly. A better description can be found here.)

Anyway, after looking at Radio Shack, I found a web site dealing with Hearing Loss Issues.

There I saw, a still somewhat pricey, Passive Neck Loop which can be plugged into that earphone jack of a television to provide a single person access to clear sound via their hearing aids. These run about $50 to provide one person with a hearing loop.

The whole room system runs a bit under $300. A description can be found here.

As I said these items are currently pricey, but I expect their price to go down as more Baby Boomers start needing them. The price of the systems installed in churches and airports have gone down as the market size has grown.

I'll drop you a note if I find out more information.
Ithithildyn on January 15th, 2012 03:23 am (UTC)
There's no hearing aid - she's totally deaf in one ear due to acid being put in her ear when she was a child.
fkastriderfkastrider on January 15th, 2012 03:57 am (UTC)
Oh crap!!!

More information about inductance loops can be found here.

Its a pity she can't use it.

A lot of weird stuff was stuff was done in the name of medicine back before the serious antibiotics became available.
Queen of Sassgardstarhawk2005 on January 15th, 2012 06:24 pm (UTC)
Foam earplugs? Works like a charm for me, when I'm trying to sleep and hubby is snoring! ;)
Pricetag a.k.a. Mom a.k.a. Margaret: Now What? - Klausmprice on January 15th, 2012 06:50 pm (UTC)
My mother used to use a wireless headset because she wouldn't wear her hearing aids and had her TV up to deafening otherwise. My bedroom was right above the living room and there were times the noise would knock me out of bed.

Something like this--> Linky linky

The only time there was a problem was once in a while she would pick up a neighbor's wireless phone during the day

Edited at 2012-01-15 06:51 pm (UTC)