- At work I found myself in a conversation with two hearing people who were extolling the virtues of listening to books on tape in the car. They remarked that they get so caught up in the stories they arrive at their destination without remembering the drive. When they turned to me to see if I had experienced the same thing, I said simply "I don't enjoy books on tape." That ended the conversation. Ugh.
- I was in a large meeting at work when the speaker said some funny things. Apparently. Everyone in the room laughed several times except for me. I felt like a fish out of water, gasping not for air, but for words I couldn't catch that would let me in on the joke. Oh well.
- In a small group discussion at church, I reached up to my hearing aids to adjust the volume. When my hearing aids chirped everyone looked at me curiously. A bit later I shifted in my seat to try and get a view of a participant's face for lipreading. My son who was sitting next to me noticed and commented on both things in the car afterwards. So embarrassing.
- That discussion took place after watching an episode from the History Channel's The Bible series. Unfortunately, it was not captioned. Believe me, I asked the pastor about captioning before attending, but this "ministry" version did not have closed captions - a story in itself there! I was attending for the sake of my son and knew I would not catch it all. Turned out I missed much more than I had anticipated. When it came time to comment, I found myself commenting on a scene which did not rely on dialog - when Jesus restored the ear of the high priest's servant which was hacked off by Peter. Is it just me or was it a little lame to focus in on the only hearing related event in the movie?
Sometimes I feel like I can never escape my hearing loss.