Let me back up a bit. I get the hearing aids about 5 years ago, and wore them regularly at work. Then I spent more time not at work, and didn't wear them. Mostly at home I can hear what I need to hear, and wearing them outside annoyed me. I didn't even take them to New Zealand.
When I got back I had a hearing test. My hearing had degraded a bit more, all at the high end. Then when she found out I wasn't wearing them, she was ever so nice as she gave me a firm talking to. She reminded me that my brain will forget how to hear the higher sounds, and it will be gone for good. Asked why I didn't wear them. I explained the hiss setting made the tinnitus worse, and annoyed me.
Well, all I had to do was ask. She fixed that. Now I wear them more. My keys jingle again. The water from the faucet has a tinkle I'd forgotten. Plus the BBQ hiss. The downside is a noisy office.
Unless I'm very fortunate, glasses and hearing aids are just the start. There's been a few injured times where a cane would have been handy, and I'm not going to be terribly surprised if I end up buying a nice one. I've been on crutches ones for a short time, hopefully never again. Medication is a form of aid as well, and so far that's all been short term. Let's hope that continues.
They say everyone gets cataracts sooner or later. Linda is sooner, I'm later.
One of my friends spends significant amounts of time in a powered wheelchair, and sometimes drags around an oxygen bottle. That's a pretty significant impediment to an active life, and I'd like to avoid that. Still, if that's what it takes, I'd learn to cope.
So what photo goes with this? Hmmm. None of them. Oh well. Here we are in Dunedin. The railway station is amazing!
Lots of gardens. These are Glennfalloch Gardens, just outside of town on the Otago Peninsula. Lots of paths, some of them overgrown and boggy.
I liked the one flower in a sea of green.
Tree bark texture can be amazing.
Capturing this blue was brutal! There had to be 2 dozen shots with different settings before I was happy.
Driftwood of the Day
If you see pebbles, then it's Napier Beach, or the Westshore beach immediately north of Napier. If you see sand, there's any number of beaches it could be. If you're curious, ask. It started as composition practice, and developed from there.