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

By David G. Myers

How do humans deal with listening to loss? during this research, David Myers, who has himself suffered sluggish listening to loss, explores the issues confronted via the not easy of listening to at domestic and at paintings and gives details at the new know-how and surgeries to be had.

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Trying to Understand 30 JUNE 1992 I was on back-to-back hour-long radio talk shows last week. I was talking from my office with interviewers and listeners in Urbana, Illinois, and in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Well, trying to talk. The first went tolerably well, but the second gave me a headache. Even with my phone volume turned up high, I could not hear—or at best, could barely hear—the callers. I struggled to grasp their questions, to know when they had stopped talking and were waiting for a response, and to know when they were talking to the interviewer rather than to me.

Instead, a worse scourge has struck, one that may render irrelevant the possibility of deafness later in life. Jim suffers from one of nature’s horrible afflictions, motor neuron disease. For most people, the disease progressively erodes the capacity to control the limbs and, in the end, even to speak or breathe—all the while leaving their senses and minds fully alert to their own degeneration. Its best-known form is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (als)—Lou Gehrig’s disease. Now in an early stage of the disease, Jim has difficulty Relationships 37 tying his shoes, buttoning his shirt, and typing in his job as promotions director at a network television station.

Contrary to their impression, I was never a participant in their conversation with my friend. The incident brings to mind other occasions where people have told me (unaware of my hearing loss) that they have tried and failed to get my attention. I wonder, How many people have I unknowingly offended? How many people have wrongly assumed that a person was uninterested, preoccupied, or ignoring them, rather than hard of hearing? One Body, Many Parts 12 JANUARY 1993 Yesterday afternoon I found myself in a situation that was at once poignant and amusing.

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