After months of gentle urging from his wife, an elderly man finally had to admit he needed a hearing aid.
The audiologist confirmed it. "How much do they cost?" the old man asked her.
"As you might expect," the audiologist said, "There's quite a wide range. They run from $2.00 to $2,000."
"Wow, the low end is lower than I would have ever guessed!" he said. "Let's see the $2.00 model."
The audiologist gave a knowing nod, and pulled one out of the closest drawer. It consisted of a large in-ear plug with a bright, white cord running from it. "You just stick this button in your ear and run this little string down to your pocket."
"How does it work?" the old man asked.
"It doesn't," the audiologist said. And then, sensing the old man's confusion, added, "When people see it on you, they'll automatically talk louder."
Moral of the Story: Sometimes it takes less effort and expense to let others handle things.
Posted by BK at 3:21 PM