This is my Blog, this is my life, as a hearing impaired mother with a hearing impaired child. This is my self discovery with all of its daily trials, triumps, and even its beautiful moments.
You Think You See, But You Have No Idea
Sometimes I think life would be more intresting if everyone else could just hear what I SEE. I'm hearing impaired. Not deaf. I have moderate to severe bilateral sensorineural hearing loss. I wear two hearing aids. I do not know or use sign language. I listen, hear, guess, and read lips to funtion in the hearing world. I also do not have a speech impaiment, so at first most people I meet don't even know I'm hearing impaired.
10 Reasons Why it can be Advantageous to Have a Hearing Impaired Child
10. S/he doesn’t hear the high-pitched bell on the Dickey Dee ice cream cart that comes around every day of summer just before dinner time. 9. S/he can be summoned from across a crowded room with the "silent scream" ("GET OVER HERE NOW"!)because of lip reading ability. 8. S/he sleeps through incredible thunderstorms while camping. Children in all other campers/tents are whining, crying and screaming. 7. Working parents don't need to worry about doing housework at night while s/he sleeps. Go ahead and vacuum under the bed. 6. Opportunity to look really silly chasing your child down the beach with flapping arms, because hearing aids don’t like sand and turf. 5. No need to worry about decorating your house for years, as the walls are covered with vocabulary lists, pictures of words you are working on and object labels for those important pre-reading skills. 4. You can use the child's closed caption decoder to watch television while talking to long-winded relatives, comforting a fussy (but loud) baby or vacuuming the carpeting. 3. In the early years, you will gain the incredible ability to keep up a running monologue for hours at a time. "Do you want some juice? Yes, I want some juice. Glug, glug, glug; the juice is pouring." This is even more fun when practiced in public places. For instance, the grocery store, "Do we need some apples? Let's get some apples. Crispy, juicy apples, yummy." This Auditory-Verbal procedure will draw stares from passersby, especially if you have forgotten that the child is not with you at the time. 2. Loud party (complete with ear-splitting music) at totally rude neighbor's house doesn't wake him/her at 2:00 a.m. 1. Very close parent/child bond formed by all those hours of doing Auditory-Verbal therapy and riding to and from the thousands of ENT/audiologist/pediatrician/AVT therapist appointments.
Not Loud Enough, too loud, Not Loud Enough, too loud, Not Loud Enou...
Now that I'm aware of my failing aids, I have been forced to use setting 3 (the loudest setting programed on them). This wouldn't be so bad, except setting 3 wasn't intended to be used as my primary, so the background noise is huge and the loud clanking and beeping noises in the kitchen are horrific. Makes for a tiring day, and a saddened state of mind. All I want to do when I get home is sit in the silence.