This is in response to a letter in last week’s Peninsula Pulse about “leaf-blower rage.” If I had a close next-door neighbor who had a loud, irritating leaf blower, I could take out my hearing aids. I would be left with a dull noise and some speech frequencies – not enough to carry on a conversation.
During your loud-leaf blowing episodes, you could go for a walk, listening to birds singing or children playing. You could go for a ride, exploring beautiful, quiet places in Door County. You could use noise-canceling headphones while listening to relaxing classical music and/or reading a good book.
Above all, be grateful for your keen sense of hearing. Hearing is a gift, and it can be taken away very quickly. Life is good.
Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin