And He said to them, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” Mark 4:9, NKJV
I recently began wearing hearing aids. Before that, my children would say I was “hard of hearing”. I accused them of mumbling. During the first church service I was aided, I was amazed I could hear the prayer requests from the very back pew when I was at the front of the sanctuary.
The audiologist tells me repeatedly, “We don’t hear with our ears. They are just to gather sound and transmit it to the brain. The brain processes it before we can truly hear. If some of the equipment is faulty, the information can’t get there.”
Okay. I understand the concept. What I don’t understand is why she has to take what’s comfortable for me currently and adjust it to make my brain work harder. It happens over and over. She tells me it’s for my own good. What?? I’ll have to admit that after an adjustment, I’m exhausted and I sleep very well that night, thank you very much.
On my last visit, she (again) showed me the graph that displays the “wonkiness” of my hearing loss. Most people have loss that’s similar in both ears. I have to be different. Mine is what the Ear, Nose and Throat specialist diagnosed as “mixed”. The audiologist explained that she will eventually adjust the aids so they will match the mountains and valleys on the graph. OUCH! My head aches just thinking about it.
When I began this journey—and it is a journey—I thought I would get the aids, put them on and that would be that. Nope. Not even close to what really happens. Visit after visit is what it takes. Adjustment after adjustment. Headache upon headache and sometimes total exhaustion.
Life is a journey, too. When we begin our spiritual journey, we may be comfortable with what we know. God doesn’t leave us there. He has bigger and, ultimately, better things for us. It’s only through His adjustments that we stretch ourselves and grow. He sees us through the valleys and takes us to the mountains.
Some day the audiologist will retire, but God will always be there.