Faking It with My Hearing Loss, By Nancy M. Williams

January 29, 2015 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

 

What Bert and Ernie Taught Me About the Letter L and Love

Grand Piano Passion
By Nancy M. Williams, Founding Editor

January 26, 2015

Fakers. We all know they’re out there when it comes to hearing loss. Of course, it takes a faker to know one.

A man stops my daughter and me on the street. Traffic zooms behind him, the roar rushing into my hearing aids. “Hleiof lskjafj flto Bloomfield?” he asks. I surmise, with the bus shelter nearby, that he must have asked, when will the bus come for Bloomfield?

“I’m sorry, I don’t know the bus schedules,” I say. The man gives me a perplexed look, shakes his head, and walks away.

“Why didn’t you just say, I didn’t hear you? How come you keep on faking it?”

“He didn’t ask you about the buses!” my daughter says. “He wanted to know which way is Bloomfield.

Why didn’t you just say,
I didn’t hear you?
How come you keep
on faking it?”

An audiologist first diagnosed my mild, high-frequency loss shortly after I turned six. I got my first hearing aid at 12, and then for the next several decades tried not to notice while my hearing slowly slid down the audiologist’s . . . .

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