When I answer the telephone I always remove my hearing aid. I answered the telephone at lunch time, removing my hearing aid as usual, then went straight out into town to do one or two jobs. It was only when I got into the Post Office that I realised I had forgotten to put my aid back in my ear. I had entered a completely silent world.
Luckily at the Post Office counter I could do the one or two jobs without having to hear what was said to me and then going to the bank I managed too. But it was frightening. Everywhere was silent and I hoped that no-one would speak to me or ask me anything. Luckily I got away with it.
Then Tess and I went for a walk on the way home. I couldn't hear a single bird singing. A tractor and roller in the field at the side of the lane was rolling the grass. The smell was so reminiscent of Spring - I guessed it was happening but when the tractor turned only yards away from me on the other side of the stone wall, it made me jump. I hadn't heard it coming. Also I had to keep looking behind me on our lane walk in case a car was coming up behind us.
It was a salutory experience. It made me thankful for modern aids. It would be no fun at all to be in a silent world and putting the aid back in my ear suddenly brought the world to life again.