Imagine yourself in a country where nobody speaks your language. It becomes a necessity to rely on your other senses and hone your powers of observation...Each situation is stressful: Will you be a participant or an observer?
In twelve paragraphs, author Terri Goldstein eloquently describes what life is like for a hard of hearing person, someone who's not deaf but not quite hearing either. She writes about having to plan carefully for social success all the while dreading the inevitable gaffes that are so very mortifying. She even spells out exactly the kind of friend needed to make communication less stressful.
After reading the article, I wrote a quick thank you email to my friend saying, "I wish all of my friends could read it!" Fortunately, they can as the story is available online through the LA Times. I highly recommend this article to you all.