A man decided his wife wasn’t hearing as well as she used to and he thought she might need a hearing aid. Unsure of how to approach her with this problem, one morning he called the family doctor. The doctor told him about a simple informal test he could perform which would then give the doctor a better idea about her hearing loss.
“Here’s what you do,” said the Doctor. “Stand about 40 feet away from her, and in normal conversational speaking tone see if she hears you. If not, go to 30 feet, then 20 feet, and so on until you get a response.”
At noon, the wife was in the kitchen cooking dinner, and he was in the den. He thought to himself, “I’m about 40 feet away, so let’s see what happens.”
Then in a normal tone he asks, ‘Honey, what’s for dinner?” No response.
So the husband moves closer to the kitchen, about 30 feet from his wife and repeats, “Honey, what’s for dinner?” No response.
Next he moves into the dining room where he is about 20 feet from his wife and asks, “Honey, what’s for dinner?” Still no response.
So he walks up to the kitchen door, about 10 feet away. “Honey, what’s for dinner?” Again there is no response.
So he walks right up behind her. “Honey, what’s for dinner?”
“Ralph, for the FIFTH time, CHICKEN!”