This picture someone has when thinking about deaf people is the person who hears nothing and says nothing and communicates via sign language.Well, that person may exist.
Because resources are limited, giving a kid two cochlear implants, one for each ear, means one kid will get none.
his was ess of a problem a while ago, when people distrusted cochlear implants with all their being.
However, things are changing, and society is progressing and assimilating that nowadays they are the best solution for severe to total deafness.
My parents pursued me around the house to drive them into my ears more often than not.But then my surgery and my first cochlear implant came.
Yes, it was uncomfortable to wear now that I hink about it, but when you hear properly for the fourth time in a ong time and it doesn ’ t urt you, you simply love it to pieces.
Yes, it wa a long cord from the little box to my ear.
To understand.And then the first box-less and cord-less cochlear implant came.
ot funny at all.It was about time I got a smaller cochlear implant, because I was oing to start needing a bra and the undershirts were going to become a nuisance rather than a help.That ’ s when I had my second surgery on my other ear.
As simple as that.Some years later I had a more modern cochlear implant, so we changed the one from the left ear to the right ear, and he new one to the righ ear.
The month I was provided with the newest brands and they have lots of applications, like background noises muting and " hooking " to the cinema 's sound or the computer.A funny detail: if I try to put one of my little machines on the other side, I hear nothing.
Each cochlear implant is made for a certain ear, it doesn ’ t work on the other.
Thank God now the company lends you a similar one with your “ map ” to substitute yours until it comes back to you.About the “ Phonic Ear ” Cece takes to school for teachers to wear in order to hear them, it ’ s otally different in my case.
I wa a Phonic Ear but it ’ s called FM or Frecuencia Modulada here ( =Modulated Frequency) but it 's always a different machine, just a little object I add to my own cochlear implants.
It works like a radio or a walkie-talkie, the speaker talks and the waves reach the cochlear implants.
I efused to wear it and as I sat on the first row and paid attention, I survived that way with no problem at all.But then university came and I did that in a bathroo with more than 250 people there was no way I ould get by the way I had been for years.
It means that if a friend sitting next to me wants to mumble something in my ar, I ould not hear it.
he teacher could move around the class, and I coul hear him the same way no matter what.
Sometimes they don ’ t notice they are wearing it and leave the class and I keep hearing them and I have to pursue them in the corridors so I get have it back.
Actually I heard “ This deaf-mute girl gave this to me ” and I fee like going down from my place and tell him “ I want you could be the deaf one here because I ’ m really not mute ” but I didn ’ t.
Then.It ’ s a urban legend that refuses to die: deaf people are mute.
For me, at least.Other people feel okay about being called “ deaf-mute ”, and I respect that.I ’ m sorry, I ’ m not amongst them.I am called the insulting obsolete term “ sordomuda ” ( deaf-mute) on a regular basis and most of the times I didn ’ t bring myself to care to correct that affirmation.
Even now I look at them in the eye and say with a giant smile on my face like the Cheshire Cat: “ I ’ m not mute because I talk ” and sometimes I say “ You had no idea I was mute until I told you I was deaf. ” Oh oh.And that ’ s when they are dumbstruck and when they finally manage to react they say they are stupi.
I had BFFs all the time, the problem came when I was 12 and girls stopped playing with dolls and got more interested in gathering in big groups and talk and talk and taaaaaaaalk.
And I felt pushed aside, too.Thank God that the following year I had another BFF and we got along very nicely the rest of high school.
I kno they thought that exaggerating their lip movements and speaking much louder was the best way to help me.
They don ’ t exactly ask me if I know sign language, but they want to remembe if I read lips.
And yes, it ’ s a rusted ability I have, because I don ’ t use it very wel, unless I have my cochlear implants off, but it ’ s not necessary for me if the circumstances are favorable.
volume, strangely enough, is the less important detail, because as Cece says, it nly makes unintelligible sounds louder, not more intelligible.I never learnt sign language ( which not universal BTW, so do not think than learning the American one will enable you to communicate with a French deaf person) and I as never taught to read lips because I never ent to school specifically for deaf people, but to one of integration.
Living in world full of people who hear has not exactly been a bed of roses, but it ad to be done.But it can be funny, too.
When my little brother teases me I switch my prothesis off and tell him to speak louder please because I ca n't hear him.
Because if you o it, I 'll kill you.Of course I 'm kidding.Maybe.Cece has it hard to read lips but then not all deaf people have that ability.
Some hearing people do have it, oo, but not all of them.
It ’ s much easier to read lips when the language is exactly written the way it ’ s pronounced.
ven though the dubbing means the lip movement does not agree with the words you hear, I manage.
Although I can explain this POV I also am a little upset when I read books like hose.
Above all when I 'm surrounded by hearing people.
I 'm he girl who is schizophrenic about everything and asks everything every time because I precisely do n't intend to miss out those ( un) important things that an change everything.
It 's iring to be listening 24/7.Like Cece, I fai to wear glasses now.
Things are very blurred but I have been resisting for years now because I don ’ t pretend to wear ANOTHER prothesis on my ears.