As you get older, you might develop problems with your hearing — and it can lead to hilarity
Ageing is often accompanied with loss of hearing. Here are a couple of hilarious scenarios involving two hearing-impaired gentlemen.
Morris, an 82-year-old man, went to the doctor for a medical check-up.
A few days later, the doctor saw Morris walking down the street with a gorgeous young woman on his arm.
A couple of days afterward, the doctor spoke to Morris and said, "You're really doing great, aren't you?"
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Morris replied, "Just doing what you said, Doc - 'Get a hot mamma and be cheerful.'''
Both surprised and amused, the doctor said, "I didn't say that. I said, 'You've got a heart murmur - be careful.'"
In another scenario, a little old man shuffled slowly into an ice cream parlor and pulled himself slowly, painfully, up onto a stool.
After catching his breath, he ordered a banana split. The waitress then asked kindly, "Crushed nuts?"
"No," he replied. "Arthritis."
According to Mayo Clinic, about 25 percent of people in the United States between the ages of 55 and 64 have some degree of healing loss.
For people older than 65, the number of people with some hearing loss is almost 1 in 2. This condition is called presbycusis.
Significant factors that contribute to hearing loss include aging and chronic exposure to loud noices. Other contributory factors are high blood pressure and diabetes.
Most types of hearing loss can't be reversed.
"Having trouble hearing can make it hard to understand and follow a doctor's advice, respond to warnings, and hear phones, doorbells, and smoke alarms," states the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD).
Noise-induced hearing loss, according to NIDCD, is caused by long-term exposure to sounds that are either too loud or too long.
Sensory hair cells in one's ear gets damaged with this kind of noise exposure. These hair cells do not grow back once damaged, diminishing one's ability to hear.