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Here Is A Quick Test To Check Your Hearing
November 30, 2007

Midlife Wisdom For Men Issue #095, November 30, 2007

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· Here Is A Quick Test To Check Your Hearing

· It's Time To Encourage Your Femine Side


Written by Noel McNaughton
(c) copyright 2007


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Welcome to this issue of Midlife Wisdom for Men.

We are at the age when our physical systems begin to slowly deteriorate. Proper diet and exercise can slow the process significantly, but for our hearing, I don't know of much we can do. If we were exposed to dangerously loud noises in our younger years, we may have some hearing loss as we get older.

Even if we weren't exposed to loud noises, our ability to hear clearly can be reduced where there is loud background noise. This is due to our ear drums slowly getting stiffer. See below for a quick test to see how your hearing stacks up.

We are raised to think that being too 'emotional' is a bad thing. It is not 'manly'. Yet at midlife, most men become more emotional, only in this case, it is 'manly'.

There are about 850 words in the articles in this newsletter, which should take you about three minutes to read.




If you have ever tried network marketing, you know that most people have no success with it. Not that there is anything wrong with the idea of network marketing. In fact, it is an excellent marketing model. The problem is, the network marketing industry has NO IDEA how to market. Most of what they tell their poor, hapless associates is simply wrong, and some of it is outright lies.

I recently found an ebook by a woman who actually understands marketing, and who has applied it to network marketing with impressive results. She decided to spill the beans on the industry, and wrote The Seven Great Lies of Network Marketing which she makes available as a gift to the world. I recommend it.


Here Is A Quick Test To Check Your Hearing

I got hearing aids a couple of years ago. I had known for a long time that I had some hearing loss, as I took a hearing test in 1987 that told me so. However I waited a long time to get them, partly because my hearing 'wasn't that bad yet', and partly because of the expense.

The expense was largely looked after by Workers Compensation. In Alberta, if you have ever worked in a very loud environment, and can have your claim verified by someone else who also worked in that environment, Workers Compensation will pay $2500 toward hearing aids every five years, plus pay for your batteries for life.

Coverage varies in other states and provinces. If you live in the USA or Canada, find out the coverage you are eligible for by going here:

In other countries, check your workers compensation website, or call the office.

I love having hearing aids. My wife and kids, and especially my grandchildren, don't 'mumble' half as much as they used to.

You have probably noticed you are having a harder time following conversations in noisy restaurants or loud parties. If you would like to do a quick check of how your hearing in those circumstances compares with other people your age, check this out: Speech In Noise Test

If you do particularly poorly compared to your peers, you might want to go to an audio clinic and get a formal hearing test.


The Man and His Two Wives

A middle-aged man had two wives, one who was old and one who was young. Each one desired to see him like herself.

Now the man's hair was turning gray, which the young wife did not like, as it made him look too old for her husband. So every night she used to comb his hair and pull out the white ones.

But the elder wife saw her husband growing gray with great pleasure, for she did not like to be mistaken for his mother. So every morning she used to arrange his hair and pull out as many of the black ones as she could. In consequence the man soon found himself entirely bald.

Moral: Yield to all and you will soon have nothing to yield. ... Aesop


It's Time To Encourage Your Femine Side

Middle age is a time when our feminine aspect develops. I am not talking about our 'female' side, but rather Feminine in the way Psychologist Carl Jung described it. He called it the 'Animus', and by that he meant the feminine aspects of a male psyche; for instance, being gentle, tender, patient, getting close to nature.

I was a guest on a CBC radio talk show a couple of years ago, when I mentioned that sometime in my late forties, I suddenly found myself reacting emotionally to situations which in the past would not have moved me. For example, I welled up with feeling when I thought about my grandchildren.

Other men immediately began calling in to say they were experiencing the same thing. Some found they welled up with tears during tender scenes at movies. This was particularly true at 'guy movies', such as where fathers and sons were reconciled. One friend even confided that he tears up watching someone being rescued from a flood, or other disaster, on the news.

Joseph Campbell described scenarios in First Nations tribes where war chiefs and other leaders would sometimes, in middle age, wear women's clothes, and do women's work for a period of time. They had no shame about it, as it was understood that this was an appropriate thing to do at that stage.

There are midlife folktales where a king learns some womanly arts, such as weaving, which then helps his queen rescue him when he is captured by an evil sorcerer. The idea is that during midlife and later, it is important round out our personalities with the aspects we previously looked for outside of ourselves.

Some men are worried when this happens, wondering if they are 'turning soft'. The answer is no. It is a natural part of a midlife transition. If you have found yourself feeling more emotional, rejoice. You are developing just the way you are supposed to at this age.


Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me, I want people to know why I look this way. I've traveled a long way and some of the roads weren't paved.

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Got your copy of Picking Up The Burning Feather yet? It will help you on your spiritual journey.

Just go to Picking Up The Burning Feather: A Spiritual Guide For Midlife Men , and follow the instructions.



I Need Your Questions and Feedback!

Got comments? Questions? I'd love to hear from you.

Just email your suggestions and/or questions to . I look forward to hearing from you. And thanks.


Well friend, that's it for now. Again, if you enjoyed this and/or found it useful, and know of anyone else who might like it, please pass it forward. And if you have questions or recommendations, I would love to hear from you.

All the best, Noel

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