About Me

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.

Love: 

  • Spend time with my children and my hubby
  • To Play Soccer (also coach my children)
  • Golfing
  • Listen to music
  • Watch movies
  • Read
  • Facebook LOL
  • Love school

Hate:

  • Spiders
  • Winter
  • Going without a hearing aid.

Accomplishments:

  • 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
  • Rain
  • 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
  • Music
  • Sirens
  • Thunder
  • AirPlanes
  • 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
  • Rain
  • 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
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