Am I wrong in thinking that of all appointments mum has to attend the audiology ones have least significance? (Mum has regular check-ups with gastro-enterologist/urologist/chest consultant etc etc – all of which I cannot dispute are essential to ensure her best physical welfare). I am getting a touch ‘miffed’ that audiology seem to be making such a fuss about whether she has her telly turned up too much or not. We are having the second home visit tomorrow (in a week) because Audiologist (1) who attended last week seemed to think mum needed SENIOR audiologist to visit. (Same SENIOR audiologist who practically abandoned the consultation when I took mum to hospital to see her some weeks back acknowledging mum was not capable of ‘taking in’ what was being said). Audiologist (1) turned up with 24 hours notice last week (so I couldn’t get time off work to be there) fitted mum’s aids last Monday , telly was ‘down’…mum was almost ‘euphoric’. Tuesday – arrive lunchtime – telly is blaring, aids are abandoned, mum doesn’t know how to use the ‘switch’ on the aids …. quite distressed. Given mum has managed to express herself in consultations that she never goes out on her own (always with me or a trusted friend who can act as ‘interpreter’/memory), deals with telephone calls by passing on my number to callers she does not recognise…. how important IS her hearing impairment? I know I am lucky that mum is still at the stage she can use the TV as ‘company’ – on the good days when she can remember how to switch it on. Why put her through the distress of having yet another ‘machine’ (how she sees it) to deal with – if she can manage the volume control on the TV what harm is it really doing????? How do I get through to these people that even when mum could hear a conversation it is probably lost within minutes/hours? Why not allow her the freedom to turn up the telly and relieve her of the stress of two ‘fiddly’ contraptions she really does not wish for? Am I wrong? Have I missed something?