Walk a mile in my shoes! We have all heard that philosophical comment, and it is usually made by well intentioned people. And it is a great idea, but it can never happen. I can NEVER be you. I cannot experience life from your position. Now you can try, you can even gain perspective, you can sympathize but it is a physical fact you cannot walk a mile in my shoes nor I yours.
That said, we who have sight do not know what a ‘legally blind’ person sees. I spoke to Bill Irwin, ‘the Blind Hiker’ and asked him what he could see. He said, “Jack, I can tell day from night, and there are times I can see forms moving but I could not tell by my sight if it was a man or a bear, but the smell and tells.(he said laughingly).
There is a mental picture created by the casual observer of a person who is hard of hearing. You may not agree but it is still a fact, the average young person sees the hard of hearing person, a stranger, who continually says, “HUH? or What?” The casual observer develops a picture in the mind of a mentally challenged person, rather than a hearing challenged person.
Saturday was my second day test driving my cochlear implant. We went to a fast food restaurant this morning and to Daisy’s BD party, our beautiful 90 year old friend. Maybe I was trying too soon, but this is still going to be uncomfortable in crowds, methinks.
You can see where the incision was made immediately above the ear. I expected the magnetic transmitter(?) to fit right at that incision, but the magnet that holds the device to my head is 2” from the incision.
Hanging on my ear is the processor. It is larger than a hearing aid, that long leg behind the ear holds 3 round batteries to power the implant.
Jude Atticus Darnell came to visit and see Great Grands new toy, the implant. He wasn’t too impressed.
But he did play Peep-eye with me.
I had forgotten water makes a noise running into the sink. Dishes clink and rain sounds good on the metal roofs of the car and RV port. (I’m not going to tell you it makes a noise when I pee)
Cannot talk on the phone yet, but I hope to. I will learn more as time goes on, like the keys on this key board are exceptionally loud!
More on the implant as I continue to learn to drive it.
Top 10 cars by CAr and Driver of 2000, we had only 2 us made cars this year to make the list.