Guest article by “Deafinitely Girly:” My life enhancing hearing aids

From time to time we find interesting articles by other bloggers we syndicate. This one is by “Deafinitely Girly,” who is an anonymous severely Deaf blogger in London who just got her first pair of hearing aids. We are republishing this with her permission, to stress the point to our readers that Yes, hearing aids work, and work well. Quoting from the article:

When my audiologist said my hearing aids would get better over time, I didn’t really believe him. I kinda thought it was a ploy on his part to get me to keep them in and give them a chance. But I’m quite excited that in December I can go back for my appointment and tell him that they do work, even though he probably knew that already.

And now, her article in full:

My life enhancing hearing aids

This morning I put my hearing aids in earlier than normal after waking up at 5.30am and not being able to get back to sleep.

I lay there listening to the sounds of a Monday morning and marvelling at just how loud everything sounds in my flat.

What I could mainly hear however, was the pub around the corner and up the road from me getting a keg delivery. It was making a racket. I’d never heard that in my flat before.

It’s been like that a lot recently – hearing things I’ve never heard before. Yesterday while visiting NikNak and chatting to her in her living room I was aware of some noise filtering through. ‘What is that?’ I asked her, baffled. ‘Church bells!’ she replied. I was amazed and I think she was a bit, too. I mean, I can only hear church bells normally if I’m right by the church in question.

It’s been a bit of a shock. After all, you know how much I liked my pre-hearing aid world. I think, because I can lipread so well and London is quite a noisy place, I never really thought about what I wasn’t hearing. And it’s not like I could have told you what I wasn’t hearing because I didn’t know those sounds existed.

The only thing that really really reminded me that I couldn’t hear was the fact that I was completely reliant on subtitles to follow anything on the TV.

But get this…

Again, while at NikNak’s house yesterday, there was a Peppa Pig DVD playing on a loop as Mini K was poorly and being a massive Peppa fan, this was taking her mind off things.

At one point the entire family were out of the room doing things except for me and Mini K and so we sat in companionable silence watching precocious Peppa flounce around the screen. And do you know what? I could pick up words. I heard actually words from the TV without any subtitles to give me a clue. I could make out enough to work out what was going on in the world of Peppa Pig. OK, so this is a cartoon with kid’s language but it’s a cartoon, and you can’t lipread cartoons!!

How utterly brilliant is that?!

When my audiologist said my hearing aids would get better over time, I didn’t really believe him. I kinda thought it was a ploy on his part to get me to keep them in and give them a chance. But I’m quite excited that in December I can go back for my appointment and tell him that they do work, even though he probably knew that already.

They are not miracles and I am not hearing. I am Deafinitely Girly and always will be. But they are life enhancers. And right now, I’m more than happy to have a little bit of that in my world.

Happy Monday peeps!

DG


You can e-mail “Deafinitely Girly” at deafinitelygirly@googlemail.com and follow her on Twitter at @deafgirly

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Dan Schwartz

Electrical Engineer, via Georgia Tech

One Comment

  1. Kelly
    November 26, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    I am 27 and have worn hearing aids since I was 4. Even though my hearing loss is classified as severe, I always identified as hearing or hearing-impaired, never deaf. Until recently, I would wear my hearing aids every single second I’m awake because I don’t want to miss anything. It’s wonderful! Only recently have I learned to be comfortable being myself and leaving my aids off at home. Sometimes it’s okay to accept my level of hearing for what it is. It took 20+ years to get to that point. So I love reading about people who had different experiences!


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