Jennie Ridyard
2 minute read
27 Jan 2020
6:00 am

Listen up, all you grandmas

Jennie Ridyard

I have deaf relatives, so I know the drill when it comes to using hearing aids properly.

Jennie Ridyard.

Oh, sweet relief. Himself ’s mother has got hearing aids. “Why are you shouting?” he said at dinner a year or two ago. I glared at him meaningfully. “Because your mother cannot hear,” I stage whispered, although I could have spoken at normal volume and she wouldn’t have heard. It was true. It took him a while to realise it, her even longer, but I have past form: I have deaf relatives. I know the drill. I know the increasing volume, the shouted telephone calls, the frustration, and the misunderstood snatches of conversation which get coloured in by a brain...