Been quiet of late… apt picture too then! 😉
Everyone knows what that sign is I would guess… am I right?
Shitty ears, aka being deaf…
Well, it could always be worse. It does have it’s plus points too. 😉
For me things are getting worse, sadly, been a crappy few weeks really which explains my lack of being busy anywhere… as friends have noticed.
Seems my ears are getting a bit worse, having dropped a bit the last 5 or 6 weeks, the problem is I have less hearing to lose, so I have more to lose if that makes sense?
I know my friend Serena will berate me, saying “sign of getting old” … 😆 I hear ya Serena! … pardon the pun! 😛
It probably IS age related. Oh well. I’ll get by, always have.
But for the first time …
I am at the stage where I am in need of help in some cases, it’s got to the point I can’t hear the damn doorbell at times.
I never been one to let my crap ears beat me, as anyone who knows me knows, I have never been out the the “hearing world”, that IS my world, I grew up just like anyone else, getting on with it and I felt no different in many senses than any of my mates.
I insisted on talking using my mouth and not my hands!
Nothing wrong with signing, it was just something I never did and right from an early age I just “fitted in” you could say … I made it clear at 5 years old where I stood. 🙂
Lip-reading and talking was just swell for me. 🙂
The “deaf world” as they call it was never part of my world, I was never part of theirs. Just the way it was, is.
My mum just let me get on and she did the right thing too in my mind, she has always wanted me to be just like anyone else and getting on with it, being “normal” in a sense…. thanks mum! 🙂
Neither good nor bad, just how life has been for me, mum never joined me up to RNID or anything like that so I never really saw deaf people or their world.
Being part of an island community no doubt helped, the fact we have ONE senior school meant everyone knew me and I knew everyone else and we all knew what the crack was … the ears never really came into it, only the few idiots made it anything.
But … with age comes it’s own issues!
Rewinding back to when I was 25, I woke up one morning and slapped the hearing aid in, on … nothing! 🙁
WTF! … scared me big time, I was sharing a house in north Dorset with a friend and working in Yeovil at the time, so anyway, I told my mate and then set off for work, driving in silence was eerie!
Getting to work and not hearing the yards normal noises hit it home for me… I told my boss and left to go to get checked out at the ENT (ear, nose, throat) dept of the hospital …
I was never the same after that. 🙁
I had scans and tests at the Southampton university for weeks on end… my hearing had permanently dropped some, and I just had to get used to what it was…
Funnily enough, when I had the brain and ear scan I fell asleep in that bloody great noisy scanning machine they have at hospitals… the guy told me it had never happened before… sigh, it was so quiet and I had to be so still. 😛
Nothing was found wrong with me (stop sniggering at the back!) and the path seemed to be leading to having a cochlea implant …
I decided not to in the end, guessing correctly that hearing aids would improve, three years later I got digital ones. Also at the time of considering it, there were little kids behind me in the waiting list and I felt my chance would be better given to one of them.
My hearing had dropped alot, from that morning of nothing some gradually come back over the months, but never at the same level again. Music changed forever.
Now, it’s happened again… got a hearing test in December… not that I need it myself to know what the reality is, it’s mainly to assess the drop.
Shit times! 🙁
Could be worse though! 😉
Always someone who got it worse out there.
But the lack of real support in many cases out there for deaf is shocking. Of all the sense losses and disabilities we seem to be pretty low down on the support list.
I have been in touch with RNID but you know you gotta pay to be a member?
That’s not right in my view, and it’s just my view, it should be free!
Anyway, that’s how things lie with me at the moment, been a crap few weeks and not looking great in the long term considering it gets worse with age.
See what happens, nothing is gonna be the way it was.
So, that’s partly why I have been quiet lately, just not been up to any of this.