Image by vivienviv0 from Pixabay ‘First posted on Inclusive Communication Services and reposted here with permission.’ The holiday season is a time to
“Tinnitus and hearing loss are a lot less cool than wearing earplugs!”
She came round the corner just in time to watch me vomit on the side of the street. I think that was the moment she internalised what was happening.
Since I’m blind, the sound I can’t take for granted any more, literally means the world to me. It is the key to my independence, to the travels and adventures I’m having and to the communication that keeps me connected and grounded in this world.
Image by Jan Vašek from Pixabay A friend of mine recently told me a story about how her elderly grandmother, who is in
British Tinnitus Association Manifesto Roundtables 2020, kindly hosted by Sir John Hayes MP. A discussion by Carly Sygrove, creator of
‘… a few months back, I decided that I was going to do whatever I wanted to do, without hesitation…What happened? I wasn’t perfect, but I was pretty damn good!’
I felt guilty for feeling sad. I was swallowing down grief in giant gulps, trying to dismiss complex emotions. The pragmatic part of my character knew there were much worse challenges that life could present to me.
What I have realised is that I appreciate the hearing I have left. And, I pay extra attention to my other senses, as I now rely more on these to interact with the world.
Quite surprisingly, I feel that I have developed some skills that ‘hearing people’ may not be as adept at employing in communication as those without full hearing ability; skills that actually help me to comprehend a second language.