Next week I will be, for the first time, fitted with a pair of hearing aids. Another surrender to the often inevitable results of ageing. Things do deteriorate and need to be addressed. Sometimes vanity gets in the way and robs you of solutions you sorely need. There was some prompting from my family.
The medical consensus is that if we are deprived of our power to listen, the brain loses it’s power to discriminate; to process vital input. Essentially it gives up and detachment sets in. This is very destructive of one’s personality.
The best hearing aids propose to separate, clarify, and if needed amplify to restore “normal” hearing. Further, as this deterioration progresses, we lose vital society with others. We make choices to pull away from conversations and events where we have dificulty being part of the communication. Use of the phone diminishes.
Most of us have “normal” hearing from birth. Our life styles, sound exposure and level of health have a bearing on the quantity and quality of what we hear. Time and exposure have great eroding impact. We can chose what we will hear. We can lose it by choice. We can recognize the loss and take steps to restore it.
The intense noise of modern day voices have blunted all our abilities to process things,.We may then withdraw in cynicism. We can detach from life and blunt our God-given Spirit. We can fail in our responsibility to communicate (witness) and remain active in God’s community. If not the loss of hearing, the loss of sensitivity.
The “hearing-aid” is this event can only be God’s Word that gives us understanding needed to tune back into life; to hear the subtleties even as the Spirit whispers within us vital messages of hope, participation and faith. It is in this dialog that we restore our reason for being here.
It may not be digitized, but it IS deified. A way more powerful technology!