For the last year, my vision has gone downhill. Objects are fine, but text at distances is unreadable. I can see the sedan speeding at me; just not whether who's company car it might be.
For a couple of years, I've been missing words-- getting the noise, but misinterpreting it. Last night, my wife said something to effect of "I can't believe you stopped my hiccups." I heard "I can't believe he stopped my hiccups." No other sounds in the room, we were two feet apart. I missed it-- or at least I heard it and heard it wrong.
With hearing and vision going, I'm progressively becoming a shut-in-- not in my house, but in my body. No wonder, I've taken to sculpting. My sense of touch is good and getting better.
My mother did this dance a few years ago: the cost for hearing aids: $3500. My medical coverage: $700 every five years. So the $2800 gap might as well be a $28 million gap.
So, in the New Year, I will go and get hearing and vision tests and see how far gone I am. Then sit on it for a year or two until I have the money to pay for whatever I need to get my two main senses functional again. If I'm lucky, a monster coning will correct my hearing. If I'm really unlucky, the hearing and vision issues are tied. But then again, the tie could be a nervous breakdown. I know people who have lost the ability to speak; and suffer hysterical blindness. Swapping out select words may be my equivalent.