Might be old but new to me ...
A man feared his wife was not hearing as well as she used to, and he
thought she might need a hearing aid. Not quite sure how to approach
her, he called the family doctor to discuss the problem. The doctor
told him there is a simple informal test the husband could perform to
give the doctor a better idea about her hearing loss.
"Here's what you do," said the doctor. "Stand about 40 feet away
from her and in a normal conversational speaking tone see if she hears
you. If not, go to 30 feet, then 20 feet, and so on until you get a
response." That evening, the wife was in the kitchen cooking dinner,
and he was in the den. He said to himself, "I'm about 40 feet away.
Let's see what happens." In a normal tone he asked, "Honey, what's
for dinner?" No response. So the husband moved closer to the
kitchen, about 30 feet from his wife, and repeated, "Honey, what's for
dinner?" Still no response.
Next he moved into the dining room where he was about 20 feet from his
wife, and asked, "Honey, what's for dinner?" Again, no response.
So, he walked up to the kitchen door, about 10 feet away.
"Honey, what's for dinner?"
Again, there was no response.
So he walked right up behind her. "Honey, what's for dinner?"
And his wife said, (I love this) "Earl, for the 5th time, CHICKEN