To mark Hearing Awareness Week 2016, here’s a story I wrote about my hearing:
The five traditional methods of perception, or senses, are sound, sight, touch, taste and smell…have you ever considered what your life would be like without one of these?
At 21 years of age, while I was living in Alice Springs, I noticed I wasn’t hearing as well as I should. For example I didn’t hear my mobile phone ringing, despite it being right beside me.
Knowing I had a problem, it still took me almost three years to make an appointment to see an audiologist. By this time I was living in Melbourne and I remember that day like it was yesterday.
It was Monday 30th November, 1998 when my life changed forever.
On that day, I visited a suburban audiologist where I was bluntly given the diagnosis that I needed hearing aids. A young professional woman, who took pride in her appearance, and couldn’t face a “disability”…it just couldn’t be happening!
Lucky for me I found a more caring audiologist who understood my concerns and has looked after me since that time, and still does to this day…(to me that’s testament to the notion of finding the right healthcare professionals for you).
In early 1999, I was fitted with my first set of hearing aids – at first I wore my hair long so my ears were always covered because I didn’t want anyone to know, I didn’t even tell my employer.
Now many years later, I’ve come to accept that this is the way my life is, and I’m more open about my hearing impairment – but I can tell you it is not easy!
I am truly blessed to have supportive family and friends – they know to look at me when they are speaking, they know I have terrible trouble in noisy situations…and they put up with having subtitles on the TV screen whenever I am around.
I will never forget Monday 30th November, 1998…but in the words of Friedrich Nietzsche…what does not kill me, makes me stronger!
…the five traditional methods of perception, or senses, are sound, sight, touch, taste and smell…have you ever considered what your life would be like without one of these?