Amping Up the Volume

As I’ve aged, the entire television industry has engaged in a cruel conspiracy. Actually, it may not be the entire industry. It could be the manufacturers, or it could be the satellite and cable companies that provide the programs. I’m not sure just where the blame should go.

In any case, there is definitely a conspiracy somewhere out there. They are making the audio volume lower and lower. Seems like every year the volume is a little lower than it was the year before. As a result, I’ve had to turn the volume control on my television louder and louder in order to hear it.

This creates another problem. My wife, whose hearing is so bad she never hears a word I say, can somehow hear the television from a room or two away. How they throw the sound into another room when it’s almost inaudible right in front of the TV is a mystery to me, but it happens somehow.

After putting up with this conspiracy year after year—and realizing that the volume increases I need in order to combat it bother her—I finally took a drastic step Tuesday. I ran into a friend who works in electronics at my neighborhood Walmart and asked him if he knew any way to deal with this problem, and he told me there was: a wireless television headphone.

He showed me a few his department carried in stock, but they were either too limited in ability or too expensive, so he took me over to his computer and showed me some selections I could order from their online service and have them ship to his store (free of shipping charges). He gave me a suggestion or two and told me to order one when I got home.


The ones I ordered cost less than $20 and should arrive at my local store sometime today. I can’t wait to go get them. There’s more than one way to overcome a conspiracy.

Has this little conspiracy hindered your television watching? Maybe you’re too young to be affected. If you have had the problem, how have you dealt with it? Readers would love to know.


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David N. Walker is a Christian husband, father and grandfather, a grounded pilot and a near-scratch golfer who had to give up the game because of shoulder problems. A graduate of Duke University, he spent 42 years in the health insurance industry, during which time he traveled much of the United States. He started writing about 20 years ago and has been a member and leader in several writers' groups. Christianity 101: The Simplified Christian Life, the devotional Heaven Sent and the novella series, Fancy, are now available in paperback and in Kindle and Nook formats, as well as through Smashwords and Kobo. See information about both of these by clicking "Books" above.
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