He wasn’t quite sure how to approach her, and so he telephoned the family Doctor to discuss the problem with him.
The Doctor told him that there is a simple informal test the husband could perform to give the Doctor a better idea about her hearing loss.
“Here’s what you do” said the Doctor. “Stand about 40 feet away from your wife, and in a normal conversational speaking tone see if she hears you. If not, go to 30 feet, then 20 feet, and so on until you get a response.”
That evening, while his wife is in the kitchen cooking dinner, and Harold was in the den, he thinks to himself, “I’m about 40 feet away from the old girl now, let’s see what happens.”
So in a normal tone he calls out to his wife, “Honey, what’s for dinner?”
So Harold moves closer to the kitchen. He is now about 30 feet from his wife and repeats, “Dorothy, what’s for dinner?”
Still no response…
Next he moves into the dining room where he is about 20 feet from his wife and asks, “Honey, what’s for dinner?”
Again he gets no response…
So, he walks up to the kitchen door, about 10 feet away.
“Honey, what’s for dinner?”
Again there is no response…
FInally, he walks right up behind her. “Dorothy, what’s for dinner?”
“FOR GOODNESS SAKE HAROLD – FOR THE FIFTH TIME – IT’S CHICKEN!”
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