Have you ever tried to do a hearing test at home? Well here’s one case where the hearing test didn’t quite go as planned.
Harold feared his wife Martha wasn’t hearing as well as she used to and he thought she might need a hearing aid.
He wasn’t quite sure how to raise the subject with her, so he called the family Doctor to discuss the problem.
The Doctor told him that he could perform a simple informal test at home to give the Doctor a better idea about the level of her hearing loss.
“What you do”, the Doctor said, “is 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”.
Well, that evening, while his wife was in the kitchen cooking dinner and he was in the living room, Harold thought it would be a good time to perform the test.
He said to himself, “I muse be about 40 feet away, let’s see what happens”.
So, in a normal tone he asked, “Honey, what’s for dinner?”
“Hmmm”, Harold thought to himself.
So he moved closer to the kitchen, about 30 feet from his wife and repeated, “Martha, what’s for dinner?”
Still no response.
“Her hearing must be worse than I thought”, he said to himself.
Next he moved into the dining room, where he was about 20 feet from his wife and asked, “Honey, what’s for dinner?”
Again he got no response.
So, he walked up to the kitchen door, which was only about 10 feet away. “Honey, what’s for dinner?”
Again there was no response.
So he walked right up behind her. “‘Martha, what’s for dinner?”
(I just love this)
“For God’s sake, Harold”, she yelled out, “for the FIFTH time, it’s CHICKEN!”
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