Upshot is he probably needs a bit more help... but then I decided to stick around and get my own hearing tested, too. What the hey, it was a a free test, and the last time I had anything semi-official done with my own ears was volunteering for somebody studying something or other about sound transmission back at the University of Auckland well over ten years ago, so I figured I might as well take a shot at it.
Hee hee hee. I am gloating mightily. The audiologist told me I had the hearing of a 16-year-old.
Well, everything ELSE might be going to hell in a handbasket but my ears work just fine, thank you very much. Perhaps now with corroboration like this rdeck will believe me when I tell him that if he closes up his hearing aid and leaves it on his desk I can hear it whining ALL THE WAY FROM THE BOTTOM OF THE STAIRS DOWN TO THE LOWER FLOOR, and damn does it set my teeth on edge.
But I hear like a teenager. So there. So there, so there, so there.