Alfred feared that his wife Janice was developing problems in hearing. She seemed to not respond the same way as she used to. He thought she may need a hearing aid.

Not quite sure how to approach this dilemma, he called his family doctor for advice.

The doctor said that there is an informal test the husband could perform to give the doctor a better idea about the extent of her hearing loss.

“Stand about 10 meters away from her and in a normal conversational speaking tone see if she hears you. If not, move to 7.5 meters, 5 meters and 2.5 meters, and so on until you get a response,” the doctor replied.

That evening, the wife was in the kitchen preparing dinner. At 10 meters distance, the husband asks, “Janice what’s for dinner?”

No response.

He moves to 7.5 meters and asks again, “Janice what’s for dinner?”

Still no response.

He now walks to the kitchen door about 5 meters from her and increases the tone a bit and asks, “Honey, what’s for dinner?”

There was no reply. And he became worried.

He paces a few feet more and asks again, “Sweetheart, what’s for dinner?”

And he yet doesn’t hear a reply.

Worried, he walks up behind her and asks “Janice, what’s for dinner?”