In my "surveys", I discovered *two* neighbors who had lost phones to
the toilet. I would have considered that an unusual (i.e., rare)
E.g., I always have a wallet in my pocket and can't recall *ever*
"losing it" to the toilet! Of course, it tends to be *in* my
pocket and not something that I'm likely to be fiddling with...
In more professional surveys 19% of phone owners have dropped them into
Far more than I would have guessed. Mine is in a closed case secured to
Big number, eh? :> Of course, it is misleading for my purposes as it
reflects folks who have *ever* drown their phone.
[A better metric might be the number of *phones* that have been dunked
as you probably only make this mistake ONCE regardless of how many
new phones you have over your lifetime]
I wasn't trying to limit the discussion to phones but, rather, devices
in general. E.g., if I were to *guess* at this (before seeing any data),
I would assume hearing aids would be the most commonly dunked items!
I imagine they are "maintained" in the bathroom (cleaned? removed/inserted?)
where you have a sink AND a toilet to worry about.
In hindsight, I suspect the phone is so commonly dunked because so
*many* people have phones (how many people have hearing aids?).
But, no one ever commented about dunking their hearing aid (there may
be some vanity involved?). Dunno as I am only aware of a couple of people
who wear them...
The other item I would have thought would see a large number of dunkings would
It's a result of knowing the hearing aids are little computers that'll
die if they get wet, so from the beginning I established a routine on
how and where I'd care for them. I wouldn't want my pc to get doused
with water, so it's the same with the hearing aids.
I need the little computers to hear, so out of necessity they don't get
near water. I also have a nice bright light by my desk where I can
inspect them, which is practical.
OK. So, in effect, you're saying folks who own expensive bits of
personal kit shouldn't let them get into potentially "dangerous"
situations. I.e., don't bring your phone/camera/etc into the bathroom,
on a boat, etc. AVOID the situation that can lead to loss.
When I got my first hearing aids I came home from the Dr's office,
parked in my driveway, got out of my car, and stopped dead in my tracks.
It was like I just heard a symphony for the first time live - I heard
birds singing. Not just one or two close by, but I could hear all of
I'm hopefully a ways from that point but I do have cataracts forming.
The eye doctor described the gradual yellowing of the world. He'd done
the surgery on the wife of a local artist who is known for the vivid
colors of his paintings. Afterward the removal she said she'd hear
people talking about the beautiful colors but never thought they were
anything special until she saw them unfiltered.
I didn't know I wasn't hearing everything other people hear, but now
I hear everything, literally. Sometimes, it's hard to pick out
voices or words from all the sounds. It can be hard to tell where a
sound is coming from, and many sounds I don't recognize and have to
ask someone what it is.
That's what it was like when I got my first hearing aids. It was
like hearing the essence of "beautiful".
I've noticed lately when I watch tv that we've recorded that I don't
have a clue as to what the dialogue is for a good portion of the shows.
I have to run the video back several times before I can understand even
some of it. When that doesn't work I turn up the sound more and try to
read their lips by putting the sound I can hear with the movement of
their lips. That helps but it doesn't always work.
But fret not foreigners, you’re not alone. Not even the natives, it
seems, can understand mumble-mouthed Danish actors.
Several movie theaters in Denmark have resorted to turning on the
subtitles of domestic films as more and more people report difficulty
following what Danish actors are saying on screen.
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