More than once I've had to stride out to Siberia and lean in to hear their softly mumbled question or comment. I mean what is it with this generation? Why so many low talkers?
Turns out that I've been operating below the normal hearing range for quite a while. This accounts for all the times I've heard Kaylie, when a student said her name was Bailey, Haley, or even My Li... Not to mention the times I've misheard words and phrases and had a puzzled moment thinking 'Wait? I don't think he really just said what I think he said.' Case in point: a student told me recently his father was a master baker.
Egads, that took me a few panicked seconds to decode.
So today's the first day I will be wearing the new hearing aids in class. Who knows what I'll hear with my new bionic ears?