My entrance into the world of hearing loss was very sudden. I had it in my mind that I would have surgery and all would be great! Well, that may not be the case for me and I have not been overly accepting of my new reality, but I am starting to accept it. There may still be some hope, some improvement in my hearing, but I accept now that my hearing will never be “good” again.
I just wanted to thank all of you who contribute here regularly. I know no one with a hearing loss, other than my son, who I can share my frustrations with. Honestly, until I came to back on New Year’s day after my fall and couldn’t hear correctly out of my left ear I never gave being hard of hearing a thought. Never imagined it could be so difficult to be hard of hearing. Who knew? As someone who had pretty darned good hearing I never gave not having perfect hearing a thought, even with a child that has a hearing loss.
Last weekend I hosted a party at my house. It was an outdoor party and try as I might, it never failed that the only open seats would be where someone would sit down on my left side and start talking to me. I would just turn, smile, and remind them that I don’t hear much on that side. Most would apologize and trade seats with me.
When shopping or out in restaurants, I find it’s easier to say I’m deaf in that ear than to say I’m hard of hearing in that ear. People understand deaf, when I say I’m hard of hearing in that ear they just speak louder which doesn’t always mean I’ll hear them any better. :o I wish I could find and earring for that ear that had an ear inside a “no” symbol, that could work.
So thanks again for listening to me rant and rave through my hearing loss journey!