An observation during my recent travels…
Pick up any in-flight magazine, thumb through the pages, and you will find endless “Best” lists. These lists mostly, but not always, are dedicated to highlighting the best restaurants–Seafood, Italian, American Steakhouses, and more specifically–the best Sushi and USDA Prime Steakhouses–in a given city. However, you can also find the “Top Ten Factory Tours” and “The Best Doctors in New York”!! Cool!!
The latter is good to know in case I find myself in New York in need of plastic surgery, hand surgery, a cardiologist, hair transplantation, spine surgery, a sports medicine specialist, a cosmetic dermatologist, or a cosmetic dentist; in that respective order.
I do find it a tad superficial that plastic surgery is at the top of the list of “The Best Doctors in New York”, not to say a plastic surgeon’s work is not vital, but beyond those disfigured by birth defects, as the result of car accidents, and in fires, etc., the rest, in my opinion–your boob and nose jobs, face lifts, tummy tucks, and lip or other enhancements–are performed in an attempt to reverse or halt the effects of gravity and aging, and in the sake of vanity. All of which any consenting adult is more than welcome to elect. No judgment here.
If being first on “The Best Doctors in New York” list was not enough, I can even find a list of “The Best Plastic Surgeons in America”!!! This information will come in handy if, during my travels, I have the need for plastic surgery while in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Miami, Denver, or Charlotte, North Carolina. Hmmmm, the top plastic surgeon from New York (that made the previous list) is not among them??? How good can he be???
Yes, I’m being a smartass!! Why?? Because, I consider finding the best audiologist and/or cochlear implant surgeon much more important than who can perform my next face lift, boob job, tummy tuck, hair transplant, facial peel, or teeth whitening!! (I heard that collective gasp from all of those readers with blinding, white smiles, perky C-cups, and faces stretched so tight you could bounce a dime off of them.)
Well, just give it a few years and we may see “The Best Audiologists” or “The Top Ten Cochlear Implant Surgeons” as we thumb through our in-flight magazines. Our numbers, those of us who are Deaf/deaf/Hard of Hearing, are ever increasing. A fact that holds no consolation, and I find no pleasure in.