1. The hospital fitted the digital hearing aid. I'd decided to overcome the vanity of not admitting that there was a problem and asked for a referral to a consultant to judge how severe the hearing loss was. His diagnosis, late last year, was that there was mild-medium loss in both ears, caused by damage from a childhood illness and exacerbated by the number of times I've been on strong antibiotics for lengthy periods. I can now hear, for the first time in over 40 years, the sound of birdsong along a busy main road.
There is absolutely no background noise, no hissing or interference, and it took me less than an hour to get used to the sounds. After a while, I forgot I was wearing it. When the technician was adjusting it from her PC, she switched it off at one point so that I could hear the difference. With it off, I can still hear but it is as though the sounds are being filtered through layers of cotton wool.
What joy at being able to hear all those notes on Motzart's Queen of the Night, instead of knowing that my brain is supplying those high ones, remembering them from earlier times.
2. The bluetooth connection via the laptop to NetAway works. I had to phone Orange again this afternoon because I was getting the same error message as yesterday before I phoned to have the Sim Card data enabled. The operator I spoke to yesterday said allow 24 hours for it to take effect. Today's operator apologised profusely that it hadn't been enabled yesterday.
Now all that needs to be done is to purchase a data-enabled French Sim Card for use in France and we shall be really up and running. The most surprising thing about the connection today was that it was at 115.5Kbps - on a mobile. Surely this is a lot faster than the 54.5Kbps on NTL dial-up? Or am I misreading the thing entire