Never before had I felt so ostracised. I wear 2 hearing aides now, I lipread excellent and was a nurse for 25 years. I’m also extremely nearsighted. Most of my life, after primary school was fine, I felt like a normal person. Even took sign language back in college and volunteered at a deaf high school. That didn’t last long. Although I wore a hearing aide, I wasn’t one of then. It’s like a club. You can’t belong if you’re not 100% deaf. So when my hearing started going, I got the 2 most powerful aides I could, and brushed up on my lipreading.
This worked fine as long as one person at a time spoke. My arthritis ended my career and motherhood put a hold for a while on work, yes, I stayed at home to be a mom. I spend most of my time online, my friends know I’m hard of hearing. 80%. I couldn’t ever make it on Skype or group talk chat, but texting is in! And captions on TV? It’s better now for the deaf than ever. Even the blind have descriptive TV and great computers! I never have met a blind person. Have one blind friend on Facebook. My deaf friends are on Twitter. As a precaution I’m weaning my way into the deaf world. They say I’ll go deaf.
Last week both batteries went out. I wasn’t home. I was shopping. Suddenly my lip reading got very hard. I realised I was also listening to the sound, and figuring out their words in my head. I WAS deaf! I did sign language, but the people didn’t understand. In the end I had to make them write down what they said. Since I speak so well I got some dirty looks…. Next time I’ll be sure to talk like a deaf person. Sad.
Then this morning I lost my glasses. Blindly fumbling for them, everything blurred. I could hear, but glasses don’t talk! Luckily my neighbour found them for me, next to my chair, I couldn’t see them.
This brought some clarity to me. If I lived before 1940 silent movies would be the only News I saw. If I lived before 1985 no captions, is never know what was going on. And if I lived before 1600-3000bc, I would have never learned to read, talk, is be a half blind beggar and almost deaf, useless member of society. That for only the past 38 years have deaf and blind people really been able to know what everyone else knows. We can read! We can watch movies. We have careers. We function better than ever.
I felt this week how far we’ve come. Still, it would be nice if doctors could eliminate blindness and deafness. But until then we live in the comfort that we will know that the world is about to be destroyed at the same time as you normies!! Wait a sec. That’s not comforting!!!!! LMAO they won’t let us use emojis here so shit! 😀 Oh well…..
RayeAnn aka Circle-pi