A Quiet World: Living with Hearing Loss by David G. Myers

By David G. Myers

How do humans focus on listening to loss? during this examine, David Myers, who has himself suffered slow listening to loss, explores the issues confronted by way of the tough of listening to at domestic and at paintings and offers info at the new know-how and surgeries to be had.

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I’m too busy now to take time to learn signing. Yet if Carol and I want to learn it at all—and she’s the one I would lean on for interpretation—we’d best not wait until, like Mother, I find hearing aids useless. By then, we’ll be reduced to magic slates (or, I trust, some newer, more efficient keyboard and display device). Blindness is a handicap of mobility, deafness one of communication. . In the hearing world, deaf people tend to be solitary and ignored if they are lucky, lonely and rejected if they are not.

Thanks to a cochlear implant, her hearing has been partially restored, and, after training, her capacity to understand speech (even over the phone with no visual cues) is remarkable. Knowing the comparatively greater “plasticity” of children’s brains and the resultant capacity for learning, however, I will be surprised if deaf senior citizens derive similar benefits from today’s cochlear implants. Objecting to the operation, deaf culture spokespersons associated with the National Association of the Deaf argued that deafness is not a disability.

Likewise, deaf children who learn sign language from birth master the subtle grammar of sign language better than those who learn asl as teens or adults: just as it is more difficult for adult immigrants to learn and speak a new language than it is for their children, so it is more difficult for those of us who lose our hearing as adults to become fluent in sign language. I’m too busy now to take time to learn signing. Yet if Carol and I want to learn it at all—and she’s the one I would lean on for interpretation—we’d best not wait until, like Mother, I find hearing aids useless.

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