I didn’t hear you!

So Chuck finally has a girl’s attention and he is reaching deep into his bag of tricks to keep her interested. It seems a lot of you wish him the best. Maybe he deserves to get lucky one of these days. The long-time readers among you know of course that Chuck has been on one or the other date before but has not yet been able to hold on to a chick for a longer time.

Bad hearing does seem to be an aviation affliction though. I think it runs in the fixed-wing side as well but I know for sure it’s affecting the helicopter side. My own family is proof of that. Almost all my in-laws have worked around helicopters and chainsaws at one point or another and none of them hear well. You should hear the sound level at those family gatherings!
It’s along the lines of …

“It’s windy today!”
“What? No! It’s Thursday!”
“So am I! Let’s have a beer!”

I am also starting to feel the effects even though I am much more careful around helicopters the older I get. I am spending way more money on better headsets and helmets now that I used to. It’s worth it! Unfortunately it doesn’t undo the damage you do as a young buck not listening (even though the hearing was better then) what to old aviators are telling you …

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5 comments on “I didn’t hear you!
  1. RG2Cents says:

    Yeah, it seems to come with the territory for mechanics too. My father used to work on jet engines in the USAF and his hearing seems to have suffered as well.

  2. Thisguy says:

    IMHO a plane doesn’t really need the fuel-to-noise converter(s) with the fan to keep the pilot cool. Then again, I’m a glider pilot, and most flights don’t last very long 😀

  3. JKelley says:

    Not strictly limited to pilots or A&Ps – I’ve been around firearms and explosives for years. People are amazed I can still hear as well as I do.

    I’m amazed I can still hear…

  4. Charles says:

    After 6000 military flying hours my upper range hearig is not what it used to be.

  5. kkrummy says:

    Actually my upper range hearing loss works to my advantage, I don’t hear half of the crap my wife says!!

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