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Started by mememe on Sep 5, 2018 1:19:23 PM
Capitalist Money Madness Two: Electric Boogaloo

More decent discussion from the UK News stalwarts

mememe - 07 Sep 2018 12:27:53 (#101 of 4879)

I think that twitter reference might be a bit niche lawls.

Eligelis - 07 Sep 2018 12:29:21 (#102 of 4879)

What a wonderful service.

Unless you're going for a hearing test. I had a nightmare of a time getting them to provide a print of the results, so I could provide them to my doctors.

mememe - 07 Sep 2018 12:30:17 (#103 of 4879)

Yes, companies don't like it when you only want the test. Mind you, you can't blame them: that's not where the profit is.

Eligelis - 07 Sep 2018 12:30:58 (#104 of 4879)

ah, but they have the contract with the NHS to provide them, I was instructed by my surgery to go to Specsavers.

mememe - 07 Sep 2018 12:31:14 (#105 of 4879)

I only have two dating FAQ sections to go. There's a chance I'll meet my deadline after all.

mememe - 07 Sep 2018 12:31:52 (#106 of 4879)

ah, but they have the contract with the NHS to provide them, I was instructed by my surgery to go to Specsavers.

Oh, I'm sure. But each store will have its targets etc.

RosyLovelady - 07 Sep 2018 12:39:31 (#107 of 4879)

Boots Opticians give you your prescription anyway as a matter of routine whether you buy their frames or not.

FleurDuMal - 07 Sep 2018 12:40:26 (#108 of 4879)

And yes Diggy, I did see and hear my MP confess her ignorance about Northern Ireland. Not remotely surprised. She knows bugger all about the Staffordshire Moorlands so why should she know owt 'eck as like about Northern Ireland.

I've started a thread on it, if you wish to contribute.

Eligelis - 07 Sep 2018 12:41:38 (#109 of 4879)

I was told that - as a franchise rather than an actual store - they had no obligation to provide the data to me.

Since I had only set the test date once I had received assurances that I would get printed anything that might be needed based on the results, I argued that whoever in the shop had made that assurance and subsequently booked the test had wasted not only my time, but the time of the specialist that administered the hearing test.

After 5 minutes hurried consultation, they provided me with the printout, which I was able to take to my surgery. I now need to book a specialist appointment, with a view to getting hearing aids.

My ability to hear higher range sounds is almost nonexistent now, and this affects detrimentally my ability to hear the words someone speaks, even if they are right next to me. a lot of the time, what I hear can be like an adults voice in a Peanuts cartoon form the 60s/70s.

mememe - 07 Sep 2018 12:45:16 (#110 of 4879)

I was told that - as a franchise rather than an actual store - they had no obligation to provide the data to me.

Big liars.

mememe - 07 Sep 2018 12:46:37 (#111 of 4879)

Apparently the smoke alarm in the currently empty flat beneath ours has been beeping for weeks (in the 'I need a new battery' sense rather than the 'there's a fire' sense). To the point I had to buy my son some earplugs as he couldn't sleep.

I have not heard it once.

FrankieTeardrop - 07 Sep 2018 12:57:41 (#112 of 4879)

Weird, there's one of those doing that in my street. Possibly next door.

In a similar vein, I was rather shocked to find out over the summer that my parents couldn't hear the crickets chirruping in their garden.

Eligelis - 07 Sep 2018 13:00:27 (#113 of 4879)

it can be really disheartening, sometimes asking someone to repeat themselves 3 or more times before I get the gist of what they are saying.

And music? One of my greatest pleasures feels like it is slowly being taken from me.

FrankieTeardrop - 07 Sep 2018 13:01:08 (#114 of 4879)

That is sad, I'd go mad if that happened. I guess there's always dub.

FleurDuMal - 07 Sep 2018 13:03:07 (#115 of 4879)

Isn't there a thing that up to a certain age, people can hear higher registers of sound, which fades with age?

I believe they used it in some shopping areas where they had a problem of anti-social behaviour with teenagers - they were driven away by the high-pitched sound, to which adults were oblivious.

FrankieTeardrop - 07 Sep 2018 13:03:51 (#116 of 4879)

Yes - I couldn't hear that. I used to be able to hear the 20khz tone at the end of Sgt Pepper - not sure I can now (I'll play it very loud to see).

HerrWalrus - 07 Sep 2018 13:04:35 (#117 of 4879)

Don't they normally just play Mozart to drive away the yoof?

FleurDuMal - 07 Sep 2018 13:04:46 (#118 of 4879)

They've done that too.

mememe - 07 Sep 2018 13:11:12 (#119 of 4879)

The metro at Place de Clichy in the 17th can get a bit lively at night, and they play classical music on the platforms to calm everyone down. It works.

FleurDuMal - 07 Sep 2018 13:11:58 (#120 of 4879)

I'm sure some university has done research into the different effects of different types of music on human behaviours.

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