Has Rock and Roll Made You Deaf?

Real Estate Agent with Lyon Real Estate BRE #00697006

Eh, eh? What's that? I can't hear you. Is it just me or does there seem to be a rising number of hearing aid advertising around us? Everywhere you look; it's ubiquitous. Billboards. Bus stops. Print. And the prices always seem to be a big secret, which tells me there is a huge profit margin in hearing aids.

Then, today, on the front page of the Sac Bee is an article about hearing aids. Coincidinky? Probably not. The American Hearing Loss Association says hearing loss is the most common chronic ailment prevalent among seniors -- but of course they would say that. Apparently, 4 out 5 over the age of 80 can't hear a darned thing. And that could be a good thing.

You want me to do WHAT? Can't hear you. Go away.

Rock 'n' roll made me almost half deaf. So did sticking soda straws in one of my ears when I was eight. Why do people do stuff like that? I dunno. Why do kids stick crayons up their nose? Because they can. Nobody ever warned me: don't stick a straw into your ear canal. I knew there was a way I could blame my parents for this. Or, maybe I read the back of those boxes for QTips that warns you should not use a QTip for the purpose for which it is intended and figured a soda straw would do the trick.

Somebody posted a cartoon on a website I frequent that shows an old person reaching for the dial to turn down the music. The caption is: You know you're old when . . . The problem with that is if you can't hear it, why would you turn it down?

This article in the Sac Bee says some seniors don't buy hearing aids because they are vain. What's that? You kids get offa my lawn. Thanks goodness I wear a Bluetooth. I don't mind crap hanging on my ear. Because when the time comes, I won't hesitate to buy a hearing aid. No sirree. That way I'll have an excuse, eh, can't hear you; I'm not wearing my hearing aid.

For now, I hear you loud and clear. I have one really good ear. I use it. You want to do a Sacramento short sale and need a Sacramento short sale agent, call me. Elizabeth Weintraub, 916 233 6759.

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Elizabeth Weintraub is an author, home buying expert for About.com, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Weintraub is also a Sacramento Short Sale agent who lists and successfully sells short sales throughout the four-county Sacramento area with an emphasis on Elk Grove. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put 40 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate. BRE License # 00697006.

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Chris Miller Nevada Land with Water Rights
Vegas Grand Realty and Property Management - Mesquite, NV
Land with Water Rights For Sale

I am sure the Rock and Roll did it to me!

Apr 16, 2012 12:47 AM #1
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

Welcome to the Tinnitus Club.

Mine began after shooting skeet for about 5 years with inadequate ear protection.

Right ear??  Just a faint tinny sound. 

Left ear?  Can hear but can't always understand - 

It is for life.  Never got any better even with good protection.


What did you say???  What did you say???


I sit right up front in CE. 

Oh well.


Apr 16, 2012 12:49 AM #2
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire


This is more common than one thinks. Sorry what did you say, you need to talk to me in the other ear. cheers cvc

Apr 16, 2012 12:52 AM #3
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Hey Chris: Are you telling me it's all Mick Jagger's fault? I blame Robert Plant, too, and Joe Walsh.

Hi Lenn: I already hear a dull garage-door-opening sound in the early mornings, but I'm not so sure it's not coming from an industrial building in Land Park. But doctor says tinnitus. But she doesn't live in Upper Land Park.

Hi Curtis: At least my husband doesn't mind listening to concerts on TV at top volume. In fact, that's one of the reasons we are still married after all of these years. We crank the volume and hold hands while the cats cover their ears with their paws and glare at us with one eye shut.

Apr 16, 2012 01:03 AM #4
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

Ah, the ringing, the ringing.  I forgot the ringing. 

I was warned by a shooting friend that I should start wearing ear muffs.  He was an airplane mechanic and it was mandatory for him.  That said, he already had the "ringing".

I doubted him until one morning I woke up and there it was, ringing-ringing-ringing.

That was 30 years ago and I've lived with it since.

Oh well.

Apr 16, 2012 01:15 AM #5
Eric Kodner
Wayzata Lakes Realty: Eric Kodner Sells Twin Cities Homes - Minnetonka, MN
Wayzata Lakes Realty: Twin Cities, Madeline Island

Working in symphony orchestras for 30 years did a number on my hearing, particularly in my right ear.  Sitting next to a tympani player or in front of a trumpet section will make you deaf just as easily as going to rock concerts.

Apr 16, 2012 01:19 AM #6
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I will never forget the terrifying moment, when as a child, I witnessed my cousin stick a peanut M&M up her nose and take a big old deep breath.  Poof!  It was gone and she was hysterical.  I thought she was going to die.  Never thought about breathing through your other nostril or your mouth.  All this over an Easter gathering.  Gotta love childhood memories.

Apr 16, 2012 01:32 AM #7
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Elizabeth, My hearing could be better.  I have considered getting my hearing tested and would get a hearing aid if it will allow me to hear better.  Part of what I believe my issue with hearing is trying to have conversations with people who are driving in their car on speaker phone.  A hearing aid won't cure that (LOL)! 

Apr 16, 2012 02:06 AM #8
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Love this post, Elizabeth!  Like you, I am going to run for a hearing device, should I ever need one!  Most are invisible now!

Apr 16, 2012 03:28 AM #9
DeeDee Riley
Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA - El Dorado Hills, CA
Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas


You are so funny!  I love reading your posts.  I am really good at tuning those commercials right out so haven't seen all the ads.  I can't hear that well but I don't have the straw excuse!!!!

Apr 16, 2012 04:56 PM #10
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Those hearing aids are something else.  I wear one but they are expensive so it will be awhil before I upgrade.  Enjoy the day

Apr 16, 2012 08:42 PM #11
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

A high percentage of seniors have some hearing loss.  All of us should encourage them to improve their quality of life by seeing a professional and obtaining any needed hearing aids.

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Apr 17, 2012 07:06 AM #12
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Ringing in the ears?  My associate had the same thing and he is also a certified nutritionist.  He found the right over-the-counter med and it was gone in two or three days.  Should I hit him up for his solution?

Apr 17, 2012 11:15 AM #13
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