Tuesday, March 25, 2003

lots of rambling

Wow! Today's like the FIRST time I ever went through the entire school day being completely DEAF! No hearing aids, no FM systems.. Just an interpreter there interpreting for me so I knew what was going on and such. It was kind of nice!

I didn't wear my hearing aid as I am still awaiting to have my new earmold be made (we had to reschedule my appointment to the 31st of this month due to our Snow Days last week hmph). The earmold don't fit my ear as well anymore, and is loose. So I keep hearing squeaks all day, and I am SICK of listening to the squeaks. Sure is nice to know I have the option to just go through the day being completely deaf. And not once did I get a headache as I sometimes do when I do have my hearing aid on... Must be because I didn't have to rely on my hearing throughout the day AND watching the interpreting.... Anyway it was pretty interesting. I may do it again as it'll be a while before I even get my new mold.

I still am considering a CI for myself. Just not sure if my mom wants me to get one. I don't know.. We were talking the other day, and it seemed like she didn't care about the CI, and that she just doesn't want to do anything about it. It just seemed that way to me. Maybe it's because she has no idea where to go now. We have video tapes on CI, we have the audiologist we can ask, my interpreter's best friend has contact with CI specialists from Denver and that sort of thing. I guess after finding out that my dad's insurance won't cover it, she gave up on it or something. I just plain do not know! This frustrates me a bit.

Anyway... Spreading deaf awareness is a good idea I think. People should know about deafness, and how deaf people do things. I mean, deaf people can do ANYTHING that hearing people can do! Drive, be doctors, ministers, TEACHERS, even be an INTERPRETER! I have an interpreter at school and she is deaf herself! BORN deaf too. I find it truly amazing that she can interpret and she has even less hearing than I do! But she benefits greatly from her hearing aids.

I had to create a problem for my senior year for the school that I go to (it's a way for juniors to get in as seniors since this school is VERY different). I decided to do something with deafness, and decided.. hey why not look at the controversys with Cochlear Implants! a lot of Deaf people are very against CI's as they think hearing people are trying to FIX deaf people, or trying to ruin their culture. That way, the students at the school I go to will have some deaf awareness... I decided they should learn some signs, look into the anamoty (sp?) of the ear, find out how CI's and hearing aids work, look at audiogram and understand how soundwaves are measured and hearing loss is measured, the list goes on! My interpreter and I were talking the other day that we should plan for a DEAF DAY for when we actually do this problem at school.. Plug up everyone's ears and force them to use the signs they've learned to communicate and so on.

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