When I take out my two Cochlear implant processors, I let my family know I’m “going deaf. That means that if there’s anything they need to say to me, it needs to be said now while I’m still in the “hearing world.” They also know that they can make as much noise as they want and it wouldn’t bother me but no way can they cook, as the smell will wake me up immediately.
There are so many interesting stories about when we take out our hearing devices. The most common anecdote I’ve heard is from the hearing partners. They say that if they want to say anything while they’re in bed, they first have to turn the light on so their hearing loss partner can lip read.
Those intimate moments have their challenges. Does the person with hearing loss keep in their hearing devices, knowing that there’s a good chance that they’ll fall off or mishear those tender words? Do they take them out and communicate through gestures? You can read more about it on my blog on “Sex and Hearing Loss.”
One friend said: When my husband wants to tell me something important, we have to turn the light on, so I can see him. I never know when he turns off the TV or radio once my devices are removed. I cannot hear the alarm in the morning. If he is away for a day or more, I worry about whether I will actually wake up. I never know if it was raining hard or storming at night, if neighbors were noisy, or if there were sirens in the neighbood. The quiet at night has its advantages and disadvantages.
Another friend told a really funny story: A friend took out her CI processors and feel sound asleep in a hotel room when the cleaning crew came into her room. She didn’t react to the noise in the room or to someone speaking to her. They called the manager, because they thought she was dead. A while later she woke up, dressed, and went to the desk downstairs to checkout, much to the surprise of the attendants at the desk.
Composer Richard Einhorn says he was resting in his hotel room before a scheduled meeting, and took out his hearing aids. He didn’t wake up when they called him or knocked on the door, so they broke into his room and woke him. You can imagine everyone’s surprise!
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