Nothing is more annoying than repeating a mistake. Lately, I’ve been duplicating a problem as I don’t remember my cat, Cheez-It, is already outside when I let our dogs out. Our alpha welshie, Matilda, has a bit of a strong hunt instinct and given the opportunity, she will turn predator in the wag of a tail. She will launch like a heat seeking missile and pounce and secure small woodland creatures like squirrels or our orange tabby by the neck. Yikes.
When I come to my senses and intervene, much yelling and flailing and grabbing indiscriminately happens. Or not, unfortunately, if my eyes haven’t adjusted to the bright morning light or evening darkness outside and I am stuck in place for endless moments, hearing the fur fly. Of course, Stockton ran to the rescue a few times. My hero.
We started telling each other emphatically like kindergarten teachers giving a pre-snack hand wash reminder anytime we let Cheez-It out. Yet, I’ve forgotten the memo and caused a ruckus. Is my screen addiction causing the missed message, another distraction like tiredness or worse, hearing loss?
I encountered a possible solution. I heard the Only Human pod tout a free app, Mimi Test, offering a two-minute hearing test. When you have lost part of one of your senses, you tend to preserve what’s still left. Plus, monitoring things can pick up a gradual loss and more importantly, a kitty life was at stake. I was interested, vision loss or not, I’m all about self assessment. Magazine quizzes as a teen, personality tests in college, buzzfeed clickbait quizzes now, I’m in. I was set to assess my ears. I asked a few family members to join in to get a range in participant age and they agreed.
I downloaded Mimi Test, grabbed my ear buds and left the living room noise. As I heard tones in my left or right ear, I tapped the designated button on screen. In moments, my results appeared. Not bad:
My parents sent me their results. Age appropriate, no red flags there. Stockton and my brother-in-law sent me their test results, too:
Stockton bested me while a terrier crunched on a treat beside him. My brother-in-law also turned in stellar results. He planned ahead and chose a silent home office room for auditory assessment. My competitive instinct kicked in. Must find quieter exam quarters. I pretended like I was The One Who Lived and ventured into the closet under our attic stairs. Test results improved:
So my ears are not the problem, it’s my brain. That will take more effort to fix, but there is something I can do immediately. I shall put down my tablet and take a nap. For science and for Cheez-It. I don’t want to cause another cat rodeo in Mayberry.
Do your pets play nice? Do you absent-mindedly do stupid things? Will you test your hearing with the Mimi Test app? Tell me about it.