One time, when my grandparents were staying over at our house growing up, my grandpa left his hearing aid on the table next to the bed, and the next morning, it was gone. Because my dog had eaten it.
It was definitely the most expensive thing our dear Lou ate during his lifetime. It's also the thing that most hindered my grandpa's ability to hear us. Even though they're expensive and dogs eat them sometimes, hearing aids are very important, often more important than older people who have gradually lost their hearing realize.
One man took his great uncle and grandpa to get their hearing aids checked and documented the whole hilarious journey on Twitter.
What was Ryan Kober supposed to do, not live-tweet this whole thing?
It was hilarious from the second the two older men got in Ryan's car. They're a regular comedy duo! It's Abbott and Costello over here, I tell ya! I don't know how Ryan was the one roped into taking his great uncle and grandpa on this little errand, but I'm very glad he did because this thread is such a delight. It is about to put such a smile on your face.
Here they are at the doctor's office. Ryan is obviously distressed. Just getting these two adorable old men in and out of the car was probably quite the ordeal. And if we learned anything from the last tweet, we know that these guys are both total characters. The look on Ryan's face says, "I don't know why I volunteered for this. But I am deep in it now and there doesn't seem to be any way to escape."
It's not funny when old people think you can't hear them so they do weird things like hum to themselves really loudly...but it's also kind of funny. In fact, it's hilarious.
It's likely that Ryan's grandpa has no idea how loud he is because he simply can't hear himself! Just wait until he gets his hearing aid adjusted and can actually hear himself for the first time in a very long while. It's the best.
Maybe Ryan's grandpa and great uncle should start a band. They will just hum in unison super loud (because neither of them can hear themselves nor each other) and out of tune and then periodically stop to ask, "What?!" to people who are not talking to them. It'll be a smash hit. I guarantee it. They can call themselves the Hummers. Like the car, but better.
This is too cute. If I was wearing a hearing aid and my doctor took it out, my first instinct probably wouldn't be to start singing at the top of my lungs, but I love that this is Grandpa's move. Why shouldn't he scream-sing "It's a Small World"? It is a small world, after all. Small enough for probably everyone in that doctor's office, including the hearing-impaired patients, to hear Grandpa in all his singing glory.
You know those videos of people and babies hearing for the first time and being either so happy they burst into tears or so freaked out their eyes get really wide? I feel like this is Ryan's great uncle's version of those videos, only he used to be able to hear his voice. Now that he can again, he doesn't even know what to do! These two old men are a hoot and honestly, I wish I could hang out with them.
His uncle is living in a whole new world where he can hear himself pee thanks to this new hearing aid adjustment! It's crazy the things we don't even think about or take for granted. Sure, it's not necessary for you to listen to yourself go to the bathroom, but it's one of those things that you probably wouldn't even think about until the ability is taken away from you and then restored again.
There's a lot of terribleness on the internet these days, so I'm just glad Ryan decided to share this lovely little story with the Twitterverse. His great uncle and grandpa seem like total gems, full of joy and life, and I hope they will both happily listen to themselves sing and hum and tinkle all day every day for years to come.