These are not comprehensive lists but should give a sense about me as a person and about my deafness. Audiologists don’t give percentages in explaining the level of hearing loss, but in laymen terms it translates to about a 90 percent hearing loss. I am bordering on being totally deaf.
- Spend time with my children and my hubby
- To Play Soccer (also coach my children)
- Listen to music
- Watch movies
- Facebook LOL
- Love school
- Going without a hearing aid.
- Played the flute
- Cheerleaded and played soccer in high school
- Completed swimming classes and diving
- Completed many First Aid and CPR classes
- Achieved two degrees, in History and Education, Health Records Clerk Certificate, and Medical Office Administration diploma
- Achieved an almost normal life with my hearing aids
- Speech is almost perfect (have my bad days though!) for my level of hearing loss
- Supply taught for 3 years and worked with children in a variety of ways from the time I was 12, at camps, daycares, babysitting, and before and after childcare programs.
What I CAN Hear WITHOUT My Hearing Aids: (also depends on volume and proximity)
- Vehicles passing by our house outside my bedroom
- Thumps and Bumps
- Thunder (especially when overhead)
- Bass sounds in music : Drums, Bass Guitar
- Sometimes I can hear others talk to me, if they are close enough, men’s voices are easier though.
- The TV if volume is high
- Alarm Clock buzzing if awake.. if asleep, volume on radio has to be high and the clock close by.
- Toilet Flushing
What I CANNOT Hear WITHOUT My Hearing Aids: ( volume and proximity do not help)
- My children crying at night
- Others talking in another room
- Shower going in the bathroom
What I CAN Hear WITH My Hearing Aids: ( depends on volume and proximity, and does not mean that I hear EVERYTHING associated with what I hear , or can locate it)
- The TV
- Whoosh of the golf club as I hit the ball
- Chopping of the knife on the cutting board
- The hiss of oil or butter or food cooking
- My children, friends and family’s voices
- Dogs barking
- High Pitched Sounds like the beep of microwave or stove or whistles if in same room
- Consonant Sounds in Speech
- Cars travelling by on the highway near my house
What I CANNOT Hear WITH My Hearing Aids: ( volume and proximity do not always help)
- Vowel Sounds in Speech
- High Pitched Sounds like the beep of microwave or stove or whistles if in another room
- Pop of the toaster if in another room
- Follow conversations in another room – can hear, but cannot determine what is being said or going on
- Follow conversation on the phone – cannot hear speech sounds, largely its guesswork.
- Knocks on doors and doorbells if in another room