There is a certain coziness when a couple is sick together. I cough, he says “What??” Because he’s deaf anyhow, but with his ears totally blocked from this thing we have, he can’t hear much of anything. I bought him wireless headphones for both TVs, the living room and the bedroom. With them turned up high, he can hear everything. Not just the loud parts, but the background sounds. Crickets chirping, birds singing. An expensive gift, but I know how much he missed hearing.

Sennheiser RS120 On-Ear 926MHz Wireless RF Headphones with Charging Cradle runs $90 on Amazon. If you love someone who has a hearing loss, this is magical. Sennheiser — the name in earphones — makes more expensive versions, These are so good, it’s hard to imagine how much better they could be. You can get extra head sets in case you want to listen together.

sennheiserNow for the story. We were watching Jimmy Fallon. His guest was Harrison Ford. I noticed there was something shiny in Harrison’s ear, so I turned to Garry and asked him if he thought Harrison was wearing aids, an earpiece … or an earring.

Garry looked at me blankly and said “What?”

I collapsed. I couldn’t stop laughing. I was laughing and wheezing so hard, Garry was afraid I would hurt myself. Every time I tried to explain what I’d said, the hysterical  laughter overcame me. I was in real pain from coughing and laughing so hard. Tears were streaming from my eyes. I can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard. It was cathartic.

Garry said he was glad he could make me laugh. Me too. Being able to laugh with one’s partner brings you closer.We had a Moment.

The earphones were an investment in making someone happy. Sometimes, watching a movie with a headset, he realizes he has never heard the full soundtrack before. It brings tears to his eyes. Mine, too on his behalf.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.

22 thoughts on “WHAT?”

  1. Brings tears to my eyes too, Marilyn. This is lovely. Life-affirming. The way a relationship should be. So glad for you both. xxx


  2. I think that’s the most we’ve laughed together in a long, long, long time without Mel Brooks egging us on. I still smile remembering that moment and then the dreaded cold returns. The Old man was right.


  3. Absolutely love this. All partners and spouses have *certain kinds* of deafness, of course (specific to the other partner’s voice or the topic at hand!), but real hearing difficulties can obviously bring about practical solutions that may lead to better communication surmounting the mere physiological, as you’ve proven! What a delightful post. I’ve no doubt the great laugh goes a long way toward healing the miseries of the bug you’ve both been suffering, too. Continue healing–continue laughing!


  4. Those Moments are the best of our lives aren’t they?! Those are the times I cherish the most with all of the loved ones in my life…the had to be there, side-splitting, no-one-else-would-get-it-and-it-doesnt-matter-a-whit moments! I loved reading this…thank you for sharing, you brought a huge smile to my face, and reminded me of a few of those moments to mind 🙂 Appreciated.


      1. What happened to the post titled “The Verdict” that I saw on your sidebar just moments ago? It has disappeared. Is that a fault of my computer?


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