I had to go to the ENT this week. My hearing hasn't been great since I was a young'un and it has gotten to the point where everyone has to repeat what they are saying to me a couple of times before I actually get it. Or, I just smile and nod when everyone else is smiling and nodding.
I had a hearing test done at the military clinic near me. They confirmed that I have a hearing loss and that it's worse in my left ear than in my right ear (all of which I informed them when I arrived, and they re-informed me after the test).
Then I was referred to Tripler to the ENT department which sometimes takes over an hour to get to becaue of traffic. It took a month to get this appointment and I went early, because parking is a booger at Tripler. Amazingly, I got a parking spot really quickly and wound up being thirty minutes early for my appointment.
I went ahead and checked in, then happily settled down in the waiting room. I had a book with me and because I was so early, I knew I'd be there for a while.
An hour later, I was less happy. I went to the receptionist and informed her that it was thirty minutes past my appointment time and I was feeling hungry and mean. She told me she would check on it. She came back a few minutes later and apologetically told me, "Ma'am they said they called you and you didn't answer."
I looked at her incredulously. "You mean at the appointment where I'm being evaluated for hearing loss, they didn't think to call me loud enough for me to hear them??"
I found that highly irritating. Surely at the EAR, Nose and Throat clinic, they often see people who have hearing issues. I can't possibly be the first. They pulled my file and shortly a young gal with a very soft voice came out and called me.
"I called you before," she softly told me. "Did you maybe go to the bathroom?"
"No, I've been in that same chair for an hour. I did not go to the bathroom."
Then I saw the doctor who was so young he must have graduated medical school the day before and he very happily informed me that I have a hearing loss in both ears but more so in the left ear.
"Really? How surprising. I just can't believe it!"
Then he told me to make an appointment with the clinic near me again because they will need to see me about something next. I'm sure whatever he said was important, but I couldn't really hear him.