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  •  I lost a chunk of my hearing (3+ / 0-)
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    in a catastrophe explosion almost 18 years ago (when I was 49), and hearing aids don't restore any of it. I was, until then, fully hearing and a musician as well - I played flute and hammered dulcimer. Both instruments are pretty much out of my hearing range, along with children's voices, some women's voices, sirens, alarms, doorbells, car horns....

    Yeah.

    People considered me suddenly very rude, even people who'd known me for decades. I totally get what you're saying.

    A lot of the perception by others was mitigated when I was partnered with a hearing assistance dog.  The dog's presence helped alert people that I wasn't rude, I just didn't hear them.  

    Of course, having a service dog brought it's own set of problems...

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    by Noddy on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 01:27:31 PM PST

    •  If it isn't one thing, (4+ / 0-)

      it's another eh?

      Thank you for reading =)

      You take the blue pill, the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes. -Morpheus/The Matrix

      by Kaos on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 02:53:07 PM PST

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