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Friday, January 2, 2009

Life Happens, Hearing Impaired or Not.

Its been awhile since my last blog.
Life Happens.
I got my hearing aid back, its working great.
I had and iron infusion, and take two pills a day.
I took a small leave of absence from work over the holidays because I had strep throat, and my mom was in the hospital.
Life Happens.
Christmas came and went.
My car bit the dust. Got a new van.
Went back to work.
Celebrated my 9th wedding anniversary.
Life Happens.

Everything has fallen into place now,, for a while I hope... :) I worked my first two shifts back at the restaurant Wednesday and Thursday. They went well. It felt good to be back. I've taken a step back from management for awhile. Its taken away a lot of the stress.
Hearing isn't an issue when you don't have to prove yourself all the time. I'll jump back in there soon, I'm sure... I can't stay silent for too long. Right now, I just cant fight the fight. I've fallen back into my comfort zone. I just need a break from the struggle to succeed in the hearing world. Sometimes I just need to be Amy. Not the Amy fighting for equality.


Kathryn said...
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Kathryn said...

Hi Amy! I am like you, I am hard of hearing and use one hearing aid and do not have a speech impediment. Since I talk great, people expect me to hear great. I have learned ASL and LOVE it! I know about the fighting and I am done with it. When my daughter is off to college (3 years), I will be removing the hearing aid and will fully imerge into the deaf community. I took a Deaf Culture class and I am so facinated by their close knit community, something I was never made aware of growning up with a hearing loss. I look forward to reading more of your blog.
Happy New Year,

kym said...

I stumbled upon your blog, through 'Speak Up Librarian's' blog. I am deaf, do not have a speech impediment and people think because it seems like I hear well, that I can hear well.
I look forward to you posting more, I enjoy your blog!

Happy New Year!!

SpeakUp Librarian said...

Good to catch up on what's been happening with you. Indeed life happens. Best wishes for 2009!

Anonymous said...

Hi Amy! I am the mother of 2 hearing impaired daughters ages 9 and 11. In search of other parents who may be dealing with hearing impairment, I found your blog. Both girls are wearing digital hearing aides and doing extremely well. Thankfully, through early intervention and a lot of work, they both have normal speech and are able to function in a normal classroom setting. I am so excited to find your blog and look forward to reading more.

JoeyRes said...

I read a couple of your entries from childhood diaries and started to tear up. I'm the mom of one daughter with moderate hearing loss in both ears. I look forward to reading through the rest of your posts.


Unhappy about HI for 28 years and counting said...

In regards to following: Me too.

"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."

Except that many people know immediately about me, since my speech is poor, probably due to inconsistencies in childhood speech therapy and completel lack of continuation of it after certain number of years. I do not see it as a benefit in the least it only adds to my other problems: huge family, history of domestic abuse, grew up in snotty Keep up with the Joneses type town where everyones kids are the "best" and thats all that matters. Being Hearing Impaired sucks, period. I cannot sing along to songs on the radio with my friends and this bothers me the most.

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Pari said...

Hi Amy!
Yes, life happens. I do not know whether its the sad or the good part about life :)

Take care. And keep hearing :-)

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Stephan said...

I just can say that you must be stay confident with your condition. You must do your activity as usual even though you are in such condition. You must keep your spirit.

Richard Jenkins said...

A fantastic post, summing up your spirit. It's great to see that more and more people are recognising that hearing impairment is a common condtion. We see this with more marketing of subtitles and hearing tests becoming a common sight.