I am slowly losing my hearing. With the high cost of hearing aids, I’ve been struggling along. This disability can be a disadvantage to a happy marriage. Having the television turned up so high forces the other partner into another room. It can also add to the difficulties of the hearing impaired because they grow to depend on that extra volume.
A while back I discovered the closed captioning option on our remote and put it into use. It was quite helpful at first. I was actually able to read what was happening by seeing the dialogue right on the screen. Of course it isn’t always in sync with the action, but you get used to it after a while. I have visions of an army of little court reporter types, banging away on their keyboards as the listen through headphones – an army of chocolate covered ants perhaps, but I digress. Of course that isn’t what happens. Everything is computerized today.
I’ve often complained about “spell check” and even used it as an excuse for my poor typing skills, but I had no idea what was involved in closed captioning for television – particularly in providing live news broadcasts. There is very little time to revise anything. Most of the words are on the screen before that can happen. In a way, it’s become a form of entertainment in itself. For example – last night there was a story about a politician who had been on the job for six weeks resigning. The caption read, “She had been on the John for six weeks,” which left no doubt as to why she was resigning.
My husband has gotten into watching the captions with me. You never know what they might say – and often are humorously off track. Like I said, it has become a sort of entertainment. It doesn’t take much to amuse us. That isn’t because of our age, it’s because of who we are. It’s why I married my husband in the first place and one of the reasons our marriage has stood the test of time. When you can find humor in the ordinary, you are sure to have a life of fun.