The ringing/whining is in background all the time but it does not bother me until there is silence and then I notice it. Prognosis is it won't get any worse but it is unlikely to go away. I assure you I am far from being a martyr but I can live with it. Ignoring it is the trick.
I wonder how my hearing will turn out--when you start to look back at all the noisy (and fun!) things in ones life it makes you wonder how that will effect things down the road.
Good to see your parents involved with computers (your encouragement?). Most people my age just can't be bothered to learn the computer basics as they just don't see how rewarding it can be in all facets of their life.
Well, let's not get carried away and assume they know what they are doing with them
But my mom uses hers for email and pictures and etc and a stitching program and my dad has gotten himself into trading and made some money that way.
But it is still a paaaainful process doing tech support for them (especially being 600 miles away from them, it's usually over the phone while my wife is laughing silently at me).
There does seem to be an age range of people interested in computers and how they work--as you mentioned, older people tend to look at the magical voodoo machines and not want to get into it. Seems that many of the younger kids just don't care, the things are so commonplace what's the big deal.
To those of us growing up while computers made the switch into personal devices (along with a billion other electronic devices made possible by the ever increasing computing ability) it seems to be a more fascinating subject.
Good to know there's hope for me yet, and I can still be tormenting my wife in 40 years tinkering with computers