Many people who know me realize that I have a severe hearing problem. It started in 1969 in the U.S. Air Force when I was caught in the danger zone of a jet fighter turbine without adequate ear protection. A student pilot at Luke Air Force Base turned the wrong way. The ear protectors we had were little hollow rubber plugs. Worthless.
I have had constant ringing in my ears ever since that day and about a 40% hearing loss. I have now spent 10K on hearing aids. They help. I suffered one instance of total hearing loss for three days in one ear about three years ago. Steroids brought back some of it.
This morning the good ear went. It had been giving me trouble and I had been attempting to get into to see a Doctor. No appointments until April 1st were available. Today I begged them to get in and got no where. I went to my hearing aid specialists who said I needed to get in ASAP. So now I am going out the door to an ER in hopes they can clear the ear.
I can't get veterans benefits because I am told I make to much money. I can't get in to see a Doc because our healthcare is so rationed. So I will need to go clutter up an urgent care where some one might have more serious problems.
And the republicans insist we need do nothing about health care in this country.
Update: 3 PM I got into an urgent care and a nurse fixed me up. It worked out okay. Just some left over problem from an ear infection. As it turns out it could have been worse.