An elderly gentleman feared his wife was getting hard of hearing. So
one day he called her doctor to make an appointment to have her
The Doctor made an appointment for a hearing test in two weeks, and
meanwhile there's a simple informal test the husband could do to give
the doctor some idea of the state of her problem.
'Here's what you do," said the doctor, "start out about 40 feet away
from her, and in a 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."
That evening, the wife is in the kitchen cooking dinner, and he's in
the living room. He says to himself, "I'm about 40 feet away, let's
see what happens." Then in a normal tone he asks, 'Honey, what's for
supper?" No response.
So the husband moved to the other end of the room, about 30 feet from
his wife and repeats, "Honey, what's for supper?" Still no response.
Next he moves into the dining room where he is about 20 feet from his
wife and asks, "Honey, what's for supper?" Again he gets no response.
So he walks up to the kitchen door, only 10 feet away. "Honey, what's
for supper?" Again there is no response.
So he walks right up behind her. "Honey, what's for supper?"
"Darn it Earl, for the fifth time, CHICKEN!"