Re: Partial deafness and Cubbing
Gerald Demontgny (gdemontg@CCS.CARLETON.CA)
Mon, 1 May 1995 10:35:37 EDT
Chris Haggerty, Sierra Vista, Arizona writes:
> got hearing aids in High School (I think my parents were afraid I would
> destroy them-with good reason before high school). Hearing aids are not
> cure-alls for hearing impariments.
As someone who has just 'graduated' to using hearing aids, as a result
of a genetic hearing loss, I can say that they are wonderful. It is
surprising how much I had forgotten everyday sounds, like paper
crinkling, the sound of a keyboard, the sweep of slippers over a
carpet, the movement of a hand across a table top, and yes, the
intensity of children's voices, yelling, screaming, etc. I am still
getting used to my hearing aids and I am wondering what do others who
wear them do at Cub meetings. From time to time I just take them out.
It is a whole lot more quiet!! Fortunately I can still hear what the
Cubs say is they are near me or if they speak up when they are not.
I would agree you absolutely Chris, it is really worthwhile checking
out hearing aids. Two recent examples come to mind over the past
week. We have had a tickets for a children's orchestral concert
series at the National Arts Centre. For the first three concerts,
before hearing aids, I had remarked to my wife that the acoustics were
really awful in the theatre, that the orchestra was 'weak' as they
hardly produced any sound, and that the singers during one show had no
force in their voice. Well last week I went with my hearing aids in.
The acoustics were great. the orchestra was powerful! Second
example, I was at an Area Support Team meeting, and in the course of
the meeting my ear was itching so I took out the single hearing aid I
was wearing, suddenly the meeting I could hear so well, became faint,
distant, and I had to struggle to hear the conversation, and at that I
missed most of the words. I also recognized that for years I had been
filling in missing words in people's conversations.
Many people who lose their hearing
> latter in life have great difficulty adjusting to hearing aids. But I do
> remember becoming much more quiet after getting the hearing aids (I was a
> loud kid!)
I know relatives complain that I am too loud! I am trying to quieten
down. I have heard this from my audiologist at the hospital. Do you
know why? I find it so hard to believe, because it is wonderful being
able to hear again. Yet, my audiologist tells me that my left aid is
quite exceptional. I did have considerable problems getting my right
aid quite right, as it went back to the factory three times before I
accepted it, as it was fuzzy, lacked volume. Does anyone out there
work with children with hearing loss?
I wonder if for those of us who are not so young, as you were Chris
whether the move to hearing aids connects with all sorts of other
anxieties about getting 'old'. I realize that this is a stereotype,
but I must admit to feeling a bit of depression when I started wearing
aids. My wife who has worn glasses all her life has tried to get me
to see it as a similar problem.
> There are other options depending the degree and frequency of the loss. I
> recommend anyone with such a loss going to the nearest State University for
> an evaluation (many state schools have audiology departments).
> Be careful of hearing aid places, they may try to sell you
> aids which may not be appropiate, just to make a sale. Most University
> audiology schools will try a varity of brands of hearing aids on you to give
> you a feel for differences (AND THERE ARE DIFFERENCES).
The rest of your information was great Chris. I wish it would have
been available to me earlier. Thanks for raising this issue. I
realize that my posting has not been overly scout oriented, but I am
still adjusting to this new world.
gerald de Montigny
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City