Whoa. It's October! Not sure how that happened.
The problem with getting older is not just that you lose the energy, strength and flexibility of youth but that you gain the knowledge of and worries about all the different ways your body can betray you. Headaches, coughs, memory lapses, leg pain could all be harbingers of much worse things, which I won't detail lest I jinx myself. But you know what I'm talking about.
That said, I've been pretty damn lucky, a point that reasserted itself yesterday as I filled out my health form for the audiologist. No history of anything serious, no symptoms of concern.
So why go to the audiologist at all? Mostly because of hearing loss on my mom's side of the family, particularly due to Menier's Disease, which can be genetic. When I had a regular checkup and asked about whether I should have my hearing checked, the doc said, "If you're asking about it, then yes. And if your hearing is fine, then you'll have a baseline."
So yesterday I sat in a soundproof booth with headphones on, pressing a button when I heard the beeps. Some of them were so faint, I couldn't tell if I was imagining them. Another test conducted the sound through the bones behind my ears, testing the nerves. Finally they put air pressure in ear canal and watched my eardrums to check for holes (!).
As it turns out, my hearing is just fine. And the doctor said, "If you get Menier's, you'll know it; you'll be dizzy and miserable. But there's nothing that says you will, even with your family history."
So that's some good news to hear.