Fears in the Ears

It started innocently enough. Friends and family began to mumble in everyday conversation. It got harder to understand them, especially if there was any background noise. “What’s going on?” I thought to myself. “Doesn’t anyone speak clearly these days?!”

Around this same time, I had a telephone conversation with my oldest son. I’m sitting on the back porch one night telling him how it’s been such a dry summer there aren’t any crickets. Of course, I had him on speaker; nobody talks clearly on the phone these days either.🙃

“Hold up, dad. Stop talking,” he said. Several seconds of awkward silence followed. Finally, my son came back on the line. “I can hear plenty of crickets on your end. You should get your hearing checked.”

It was tough for a middle-aged guy to admit, but maybe, just maybe, he was right. What if everyone wasn’t mumbling, and all the crickets weren’t dead? Perhaps the problem was mine.

“But I can hear and understand you fine,” I told the audiologist, sitting in his well-appointed exam room. “Yes, but it’s quiet in here,” he said. “What about when there’s noise in the background–like a crowded restaurant? Do people sound like they’re mumbling? Are they hard to understand?

To make a long story short: a hearing test revealed moderate-to-severe high frequency hearing loss. The prescription? Hearing aids. Just typing these two words sends a chill up my spine.😳

My wife and I talked it over. We decided to make the investment. “But I’m not calling them hearing aids,” I said. “They’re ear buds with accessories.” About a week later, I got my “little helpers,” Suddenly, I heard the strangest things: creaking hinges, the click of an ink pen, crumpling up paper, and crickets!

Ears that hear and eyes that see–the Lord has made them both

Proverbs 20:12 (NIV)

This was the scripture verse for my devotional one recent morning. It was God’s way of saying, “Son, I’ve got this.” He knew I’d been feeling self-conscious about wearing my hearing aids around others. I didn’t want to look weak. It was pride, pure and simple. I kept wrestling.

A few days later, I wore them to church for the first time. I was uneasy during the welcome, while walking around and greeting folks. “Do they see them? What will they think?” But my fears eased as I realized I could clearly understand every conversation!

Later, during the sermon, our pastor talked about turning our doubts over to the Lord. Twice, I heard him say something peculiar (for the context): “Surrender your ears to God.” A few sentences later, for good measure, “Surrender your ears to God.” He said it at least once more, but this time I heard what the congregation did–“Surrender your fears to God.”

Kind reader, like me, has your pride kept you from surrendering something to God? It was a bitter pill–swallowing my self-sufficiency– but, after that Sunday sermon, I gave my ears to The Lord. Is there something you need to give Him?

Now I praise and exalt and glorify the King of Heaven, because everything He does is right and all His ways are just. And those who walk in pride He is able to humble.

King Nebuchadnezzar, Daniel 4:37 (NIV)

Thank you for reading. 🙏❤️prayers and love.

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54 responses to “Fears in the Ears”

  1. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you for listening and reading, Carrie. Hooray for you and your creative coping skills. My late Grandmother believed there was a work-a-round for almost anything. She was right. I appreciate your reading and commenting. I continue to get better at using my “ear buds” to there full potential. God Bless!


  2. carrieconnell Avatar

    Thank you for letting me hear your post as I read it out loud. I often read out loud because of my dyslexia one of my coping skills is to read out loud and if it doesn’t make sense reform the words until they do. Sometimes I can do that fast sometimes it takes me a while. I am reminded of my fears that I sometimes ignore God‘s voice and don’t use my ears to hear what he has to say to me to keep me calm. Instead I just rely on medicine etc. which doesn’t always work. I am glad you got your earbuds ““ I just got a new set of eyes lol glasses!

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  3. scribelady Avatar

    “Bionic glasses”–I’ll take it! 🙂

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  4. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, P. I was beginning to feel the isolation and resulting low self-esteem of not being able to hear properly. It’s so much better now!

    Let’s see, a cool term for bifocals. How about bionic glasses?

    Thank you for your kind comments. God bless!


  5. scribelady Avatar

    David, I love the phrase “ear buds with accessories”.
    I wish I could think of an imaginative phrase for “bifocals”!

    I am glad you were able to get corrected hearing. Not being able to hear well is isolating, and can set a person up for depression.

    Kudos to you for going for your Masters! And–Excel definitely stretches the comfort zone!

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  6. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Yours is a good thought, Pastor Pete. Jacob’s limp and Paul’s thorn in the flesh made them lean on God’s grace all the more!

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  7. pastorpete51 Avatar

    Wow what a wonderful lesson. Thank you for sharing. It seems we all develope a limp (like Jacob) as we grow older. Maybe God allows it so we will lean a little more on Him.

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  8. Crystal Byers Avatar

    Sounds stretching to me. How exciting! Good luck with the project!

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  9. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you! This is my last class, before a culminating project. Crunching numbers, using Excel, is definitely stretching me out of my comfort zone.🥹


  10. Crystal Byers Avatar

    No need for apologies. Congrats on your Masters pursuit!!

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  11. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I’m sorry it took me an hour to approve your comment, Crystal. I’m taking a statistics course, for my Master’s in ED Leadership, and it is kicking my butt!
    I’m still working to surrender my ears—all day every day. For instance, running, or sweating in general, isn’t easy with hearing aids. I’m glad my story helps brings comfort and confirmation to yours. This is why I decided to share! God Bless.


  12. Crystal Byers Avatar

    Wow! I’m so happy you surrendered your ears. Timely for me, I’ve been working on surrendering a situation to God. You just reinforced how this thing is wrapped in my fear, and God has us!

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  13. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Nicola. Bless you, too!


  14. seeingliketheeagle Avatar

    Excellent post David. The comments say it all. Bless you 😃

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  15. davidsdailydose Avatar

    True, Manette Kay. I often need to remind myself that the majority of things aren’t about me. As one of our President’s said, “Remember, you’re just an extra in everyone else’s play.” I believe it was FDR who said that. Anyway, your spot on about taking our eyes and ears off of Christ—when we succumb to self-absorption. Thank you for sharing. God Bless!

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  16. musingsofmanettekay Avatar

    An excellent post, David. Fear of what others may or may not think is a sign I’m obsessing too much with self–pride via self-absorption. It’s a trap of the enemy to take our eyes or ears off of Jesus. The reality is people seldom think about us as much as we imagine they think about us. They’re too busy worrying about their own issues and insecurities.

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  17. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Yes! 🎶Where have all the crickets gone? 🦗🦗🦗Long time passing…🎶😀


  18. Beth Alisan Avatar

    David, you took a humbling experience and wove it into a memorable devotional. Your pre ear bud ears might just have landed on on the next folk music hit “Where have all the crickets gone?”

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  19. God Still Speaks Avatar

    Oooo, I like that too!

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  20. Betty Avatar

    Your focus was perfect, David. With regards to the question posed at the end of your post, for me, on occasion when I need to apologize to someone, I do have to swallow my pride, as they say.

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  21. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Jo! I am still getting used to my new hearing aids. There, I said it. That wasn’t so bad.😉Thank you for stopping by. God bless you, and yours, too!

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  22. The Quiet Roarer Avatar

    This is a great story and lesson all wrapped up here David! I’m glad your special ear buds have done the trick! Blessings to you.

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  23. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Betty. I thought about a moral for this story, how we can get hard of hearing spiritually, but decided to focus on overcoming my pride. Yes, my wife is happy because I don’t ask her to repeat herself so much!

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  24. Betty Avatar

    Beautiful post, David. For years, many years ago, I would repeatedly tell my mom she needed hearing aides. She would assure me, she wasn’t missing anything. I would ask her, “How do you know you’re not missing anything?” Finally, she got over her pride and got hearing aides. I am sure there is a biblical analogy in there somewhere; however, you are the one with that special talent of finding holy inspiration in these everyday happenings. I am grateful God has blessed us with people who can invent things like hearing aides. Or rather, I mean, ear buds with accessories. Your wife is probably really happy, too!

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  25. davidsdailydose Avatar

    It’s wonderful when necessity and faith work hand and hand! Thank you for sharing about your struggles with eyesight. I’m glad you’ve been able to make accommodations. I appreciate your friendship in the Lord, brother. Though we have never met, we are one in the bond of God’s love. Blessings!

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  26. Alan Kearns Avatar

    What an encouraging post David, thank you! I have been struggling with deterioration in my eyesight for some time which meant a change in my Bible print size. I disliked having to shelve my old favourite and take up a considerably bigger Bible. I was particularly self conscious of carrying a bigger Bible into church, but no one said a word. Your courage to step out in necessity and in faith is a great example to us of a certain age who need to let go and let God deal with our anxieties.

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  27. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Barb! I want to keep up with the younger folks I work with. I joked with my wife this morning that I can improve my vision and hearing–to match my young friends–but they can’t buy 30 years of wisdom in a can!

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  28. My Life in Our Father's World Avatar

    I’m proud of you for taking the steps needed to hear clearly again.


  29. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I borrowed the term from a friend who carries a Taser. He calls it his, “Flashlight with accessories.”🤠

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  30. God Still Speaks Avatar

    Ear buds with accessories! I love the way your brain works!

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  31. Chris G Thelen Avatar

    Yes, they better look out! 😆

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  32. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I understand completely, Manu. It’s easy to be self-conscious in a world that’s focused on perfection. In reality, maybe people aren’t even paying attention to what we’re doing. Thank you for reading and commenting. God Bless!

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  33. Manu Avatar

    Thank you for sharing this David. I have started wearing reading glasses and found myself over explaining that I need to wear it only when I read for longer time. That was the case initially but soon not so. After a few months I realised what I was doing and decided to stop saying that. Realised I was self conscious because I felt everyone was looking at me when I wore it.

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  34. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Petrina. Real men acknowledge their weaknesses—eventually. ☺️ God Bless you too.

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  35. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I’m still in the adjustment period, but have experienced good results! I wouldn’t go back to how it was before. I knew I was missing out, but had no idea how much. Thank you for sharing, SimplyB. I appreciate your thoughts! God Bless.


  36. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Amen, BG. Preach it, brother! Thank you , and God Bless.


  37. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Yes, it’s hard to “tell on yourself” but usually worth the effort. I hesitated at first—who wants to hear my sob story?—but then my wife encouraged me to share my struggle. Your recent post about rehabbing your fingers (after the accident) helped give me the nudge as well. Take life seriously, but yourself? Not so much.This is my latest mantra. God Bless.

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  38. Petrina Avatar

    I am so glad that you are having a positive experience with your new accessories. May God continue to bless you and your family.

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  39. davidsdailydose Avatar

    My struggle to hear well was starting to chip away at my self-esteem. I’m glad I set aside my illusion of manliness and invested in the “ear buds.” Thank you for reading and sharing. God Bless!

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  40. davidsdailydose Avatar

    It is humbling indeed, Chris. One of the reasons I decided to get my hearing aids 🧏‍♂️ is because I intend to keep up with the younger folks. With ears and eyes to match, they’d better look out for me! Thanks for stopping by, brother. God Bless!

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  41. SimplyB Avatar

    I can totally and completely relate to every word of this post. The importance of surrender, and the truth that King Nebuchadnezzar learned “And those who walk in pride He is able to humble.” My “ear buds with accessories” have become my best friends. It’s amazing how hearing loss can change so much. Really affects the personality and psyche when you can’t hear and/or understand what’s being said. You just withdraw and stay silent a lot. Or aggravate people with the persistent “what did you say?” My dad had a hearing deficit also, and I was so impatient with him. Oh, OH, how I understand him now. Anyway….I’m happy for you and I’m certain you’ll find them to be a life changer. Oh, and bonus….when you’re not wearing them you can’t hear and/or be annoyed by sounds like crickets chirping and/or spouses growling. Have a great Saturday!

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  42. BG Avatar

    Excellent writing sir and thanks for sharing. I am surrendering my ears and fears to God! He made those ears! How awesome is He. God the Holy Spirit empowers us conquering fears. He’s so great! Yahweh, I can’t praise you enough!!!

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  43. Gary Fultz Avatar

    Very well put together David. It’s humbling to write about one’s self. There is always the fear of “will others think of me as less? There are cracks in out “online armor”
    The message though is worth it when God is at work in our lives.
    And to say for me, I am there. I hear crickets when I’m outside but not from in the house when my wife says, “the cricks are so loud” and I don’t hear them. I think they are the same decibel as a chain saw which I have never worn ear plugs while operating.

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  44. Don't Lose Hope Avatar

    I relate to this. I have been experiencing problems with my hearing too. A very clear reminder of the aging process.

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  45. Chris G Thelen Avatar

    This reminds me how old age is humbling. It requires me to accept things I can no longer do and to rely more on others. Not always easy, especially if I let my pride get in the way. Thanks for another great post!

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  46. jesusluvsall Avatar

    You could still pretend to not hear something when you don’t want to, selective hearing, and say something like- oh sorry my ear buds must not have been working 🙂

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  47. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Ken. I notice lots of people walk around these days with ear buds in. Most of them are a generation younger than me, but that’s OK. God Bless!

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  48. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I am still adjusting to my new “ear buds,” but I wouldn’t go back–not now. It’s a whole new world! I’m glad you saw my little story as a nudge. I realize plenty of people may not be wrestling with God over anything, at the moment. I certainly don’t want to sound too preachy. Thank you for being such a faithful reader and commenter, Bridget! God Bless.

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  49. ken riddles Avatar

    Well done with this post. Perhaps a trivial comment but there are some glasses today – that people wear that sit prominent on their ears and look no different than ear ‘buds’ from behind. 👍

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  50. Bridget A. Thomas Avatar

    I’m sorry you have been dealing with this. But I love how you surrendered the situation to the Lord. There is no better place to be, than in His care. And it helps us to think about areas we may need to surrender as well. I know I have some insecurities I have been dealing with. So thanks for the nudge to hand them over to God.

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  51. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Good morning, Rainer. I can always count on you to be up early! This was probably the hardest post–from a personal perspective– I’ve set out to write. Thank you for your encouragement. God’s best to you and Sweet T.

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  52. The Devotional Guy™ Avatar

    David, I love this post. It may well be my favorite of all your rich posts. You masterfully weave in Scripture and theology while being utterly transparent and human. I’m glad you took this step in your life and cleared the hurdle keeping you from hearing fully. Blessings.

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