Emergency Call to a Shrink for Me
Markku from Finland
Hmm, I think I'm in a terrible need of a shrink. Why?? Well, apparently I am the only one in the earth who thinks that being HOH isn't a doomsday thing or thinking, "Well, it's a bad thing to have a hearing loss, but I survive it," or something like that.
Ok ok, maybe I don't get a clue 'cause I have been HOH all my life. I'm 25 years old. I grew up using speech all the time and only know a little sign. I have, let's say, hundreds of friends in HOH world (also from deaf world) and normal hearing friends too. I think I have about 20-30% hearing left, 90 decibels hearing loss in speech area, so I should be now really down or deaf or whatever. But I'm not. I'm happy, still alive, and well. If there is a magic Aladdin's lamp, I wouldn't want the hearing back.
Cause I'm HOH I can:
- Sleep MUCH MUCH better and deeply than normal hearing people. In any condition, actually.
- I can "read" people's behaviour and be more sensitive to the message they give.
- I have a good humour because of all misunderstood things.
- Because others sometimes think I'm stupid, I get more rewards and develop my genius in secret.
- I understand handicap things better
- I know what society should do for me
- I get lot of support if grounded right from the government(free money)
- I have lot of nice cool helping devices that others don't have
- I'm more sensitive to the "outer world"
- No need to listen to what I don't want to
- I can help hearing disable people better; we are "similar".
- Wearing FM or other similar hearing device, I can hear more better than hearing people. I once sold (cheap price, of course) my notes to other students 'cause they didn't hear what the teacher said.
Hmm, ok.. I think I begin to understand what difficulties there might be cause I'm HOH, but I think not so relevant:
I think I'm crazy...
- I hate my vibrating alarm clock during hung-over mornings. Uhh!
- I try to always have extra batteries with me, but when I accidentally forget them, batteries, 100%, run out in middle of nowhere.
- Tinnitus is little disturbing, I think it is because of so strong hearing aids.
- I can't ice skate cause of my lousy balance (but I CAN rollerskate).
- Once a year have to go for hearing tests just for sure and always have the ugliest nurses dealing with me.
- Can't find out what loudspeakers say (but neither can hearing people).
- I have to put the lights on so I can hear
- Sometimes I get tired for educating people of my hearing; some wackos think I'm a Martian or a secret agent 'cause of my hearing aids or other equipment.
Emergency Call to a Shrink for Me -- Part Two
- When I missed a class in college (rare) I still had notes from class from the note taker.
- Going to a hearing test or hearing aid adjustment is a great free excuse to leave work early.
- People are impressed when I use some sign language when talking (I bought a book and learned some on my own).
- No annoying noises like drippy water faucet, squeaky door or a neighbor's dog barking.
- Professors never asked me in class to answer a question. This saved any potential embarrassment for me if I wasn't prepared to answer.
- Don't have to talk to annoying telemarketers on the phone.Huh? What? I can't hear you! <click, they hang up>.
- I can talk to my sweetheart in secret code in public (signlanguage).
- Like Markku, as a result of being HOH I learned how to read people's body language pretty good.
- My car is well maintained because I take it regularly to a mechanic who won't abuse me. He checks it out for squeaks (brakes pads might need changing) and problems that I can't hear.
- Speakers at meetings talk right to me, therefore I get more out of meetings than other people.
- I am more "gadget oriented" than normal hearing people.
- I too have developed more compassion for differently abled people.
- People remember my name because it's associated with "that hard of hearing girl".
- People tell me I am a great listener (maybe it's because I have to be a good one to know what is going on)
And the best of all...
- Laughing until my sides hurt when my dog licks my ears. That makes my HAs squeal, making him bark. Lick-Lick -BARK-BARK!Lick-Lick- BARK-BARK!
Of course, it's not *all* great...
- I hate the cost of hearing aids and the trouble of buying batteries.
- I get tired of explaining what I can and can't hear.
- Can't wear HAs in the shower, swimming pool, or in the rain.