How do you all deal with the jokes about your not being able to hear?
When I fell last year I took a lot of grief over it. I was, well, not sober when the incident happened and after had trouble hearing. At first I took the jokes in stride, let’s face it I was quite literally a stumbling drunk and I wiped out in a big way. Guess that’s what happens when someone who doesn’t normally drink a lot tries to keep up with those that do.
It’s been a tough year, my hearing loss being only a portion of why the last 13 months have sucked. But my hearing loss has had the biggest impact on my ability to go out in the world and live my life. My friends have all complained that they don’t see me as much, that’s true, I don’t socialize as much as I used to. Not only is it exhausting, but the jokes are beyond old.
I know my friends and family aren’t making jokes to be mean, but I’m not sure why they do it. How do you all handle the jokes? Am I just being too damned sensitive?