Sorry to have been away a while. I almost had a job in France but whereas the English will go to desperate lengths to employ someone who has arrived penniless from somewhere else and must be given every consideration, the French prefer to employ their own citizens. It’s frustrating!
Of course the other, equally likely reason is that I could not understand some of the words the Indian woman said in English. Her French was much easier to understand; it was a more open accent.
The workplace being near the sea, I told her my hobbies were skiing in winter and shopping in summer. I meant to say sailing which is ‘voile*’ but my brain got stuck on ‘vent*’ which means ‘wind’ and I stretched it to ‘ ventes*’, which is shopping.
“Oh well,” as one of my children used to say.
Following some fiddling with phone sockets and swopping to a phone with buttons big enough to see from India, (which is why I hadn’t been using it), I waited a whole week for a call. Then I rang the UK agent. We set up the response to come in the following morning, in spite of the email promise the Friday before from India, which had been delayed.
I guess they knew about my ears. I guess they knew about my amplified phone. What they didn’t know, is that it’s an old one, designed more for people without hearing-aids. The telecoil is in the base of the handset – uh – a bit far from the ear. (For the uninitiated, the telecoil communicates with your hearing-aid when you switch it to loop system and makes the sound clearer).
No call all morning. At 12.15 p.m., I picked up the phone to make a call. Odd, no dialling tone. I asked son to scrabble under desk to investigate why and he came out looking rueful.
“You can’t make calls without this plugged in, Mum.”
The phone wire had come out of the wall. I rang the UK agent as I didn’t think I could possibly explain. A copout? Not really. Their emails were delightful salutations but when they had to say something unscheduled, they came unstuck. Besides who would believe me? I have decided it was fate and moved on.
If you want to hear words clearly, you need a phone with amplification and tone. No tone, no hearing people talking. If you get one with too much amplification, your ears will hurt and you still won’t hear. I used to let my customers try them out before buying, so ask your Audiologist before you go.
Best of luck
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- Electronic Hearing Aids Against Problems (leccoworkshop.com)
- Listen Up To Smarter, Smaller Hearing Aids (wnyc.org)