Lifelong tinnitus

I take close attention to blogs covering tinnitus of which for many, become a disabling nature. I find that in my case, emotions play the bigger part. Born severely deaf, I did not take much notice of the inner noises thinking everybody has the same.

 I mentioned to mother while a small child she was uncertain what I was talking about so I never raised the matter again. While working in adult education colleges in my middle years, many students pleaded with me to help reduce the ‘crazy whiskin, whistling, shuddering’ noises. I realised that I lived with tinnitus and hardly paid any attention until the 1990s. 

The noises increases whenever I get tired or emotional. I spoke with other deaf contemporaries and found it common within the BSL users so somehow we grew up with these inner noises with the minimum of stress.  It is an interesting phenomena for me with tinnitus which developed in later life as opposed to the lifelong ‘feature’. 

Now with the limited success with masking remedies there is a wider recognition for better awareness on how excessively loud music can be a incurable hazard. Technology continue to concentrate on amplifiers which are potentially damaging both deaf and hearing children who have varying levels of pain thresholds. Really I would point the finger at those who disregard responsibility to regulate sound levels in societies. 

We need to consider raising the matter again and again that ignorance is a form of ‘neglect abuse’. There are regulations in the workplace as with Health and Safety but it is not enough ……so over to the entertainment sectors to highlight risks. No more pathetic excuses.


Enjoy a little lesson in Japanese sign language – it may prevent serious misunderstandings someday


I always thought sign language had a certain elegance and grace to it, and I always wanted to learn it. But like many other things in life such as fashion design and ice sculpting there was never a pressing need master it, especially with my busy schedule of eating wasps.

Luckily, short programs often shown on TV and many videos online teach a few useful words in sign language and allow me to pick it up bit by bit. Now, I’d like to share a few of these so that we can all learn and better ourselves just a little bit.

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The Best Job A Deaf Person Can Have

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I was watching the Today Show this morning and discovered Leah Kate-Hernandez.

leah_kate_hernandezBorn deaf 27 years ago to two deaf parents, Leah has become a pioneer for deaf and disabled people by working as the White House receptionist.

This is an awesome job for a deaf person because she has an interpreter answer phone calls for her, and assists her while greeting heads of state, and other duties which may provide to be a barrier for a deaf person.

Can someone please tell me why other businesses can’t provide interpreters for hard-of-hearing people at the average work place?


Below is the link to the video of her interview from the Today Show. I found it truly inspiring and can only hope that one day other employers follow this example:

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Do Women Put To Much Emotion Into Their Decisions?

This is the one blog I want to keep and read again and again. One thing I would like to add…….years ago when I was in the midst of qualms and fretting about a decision I was given this wisdom……..’once you have made that decision you keep in mind that it is the decision you opted for and move on. Does not matter whether the decision is right or wrong. Better to move forward rather than dither for evermore’.

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Do Women Put To Much Emotion Into Their Decisions?

Hell NO!!!!!

How many times have you been told, or told someone take the emotion out of it.  Do not make a decision when you are emotional.   I am not sure how this works for men as they typically do not show as many emotions, however I do know that women do not need to take their emotions out when making a decision.  In fact, I plead with the women reading this that they do not take out or separate themselves from their emotions.

First of all let’s look at the word emotional.  What do you think of when you hear that word?   Sad, Worry, Fear.  We have been conditioned that when we hear the word emotional it has a negative association with it, what about the emotions of love, excitement, happiness?

Should we not make decisions when those emotions are…

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I am wading through the horrid flu but able to blow my nose to an extend ☺ however the above is utterly invaluable to me. My brain is still resistant against new sounds after a lifelong severe deafness. The morning routine of switching on my AB processor involves cringing and more cringing until things become bearable. I am so fascinated as to why my brain is so fussy after all the great achievements from the pre op hearing level of 7% to the grand level of 80% intake. All this after twelve months since surgery. Early days yes early days.

The Invisible Disability and Me

As I write this I am currently poorly with the flu. People (i.e. doctors, audiologists and other CI users) don’t tell you how frustrating this is as a CI user, it is frustrating because I cannot blow my nose. Yes, that’s right, I cannot blow my nose!! This is because the action of blowing your nose puts pressure on your eardrum and can create a little vacuum and potentially cause the electrodes to shift position. When you have full blown flu this is not ideal! I think I managed one hour of sleep as I was so paranoid I might stop breathing while asleep. *sigh*

Anyway, on to the real subject of this post – Rehabilitation.

The rehabilitation process is an extremely important part of the Cochlear Implant journey – you have to train your brain to adjust to different sounds and pitches and learn to distinguish between male and…

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What’s That Noise?!

Oh so reassuring to know that other implantees share with me the startling sounds never appreciated prior to cochlear implantation. I state this in full as to my followers who may need clarification. My upstairs neighbours are bewildered that I can suddenly hear them clopping around and they sound like horses galloping up down stairs and it proves that just because of deafness they do not need to modify their noisy habits. Is this a new challenge for implantees to raise awareness in that aspect?

The Tree House.

Sara, whilst sitting at the dentists, hears this unknown noise and so asks her kids, “What’s that noise?!” Her daughter responded hesitatingly, “Drilling!”.  She then realised just how thankful she was not being able to hear that and relatively came the question, “What other noises can we be thankful for not hearing?”

This prompted these answers as below, from fellow Tree House dwellers.

– Snoring.

– People chewing.

– Knuckles cracking.

– My dog licking next to me.

– People weeing in the public cubicles and heavy breathing.

– My son enjoys not being woken by the rubbish / recycling lorry … or rather I do!

– In Austria right next to my parents house, tractor with snow plough!  That scares the life out of me!

– Cats fighting, car alarms, sirens sometimes, children screaming … Blissful at times, very worrying at others.

– Squelching noises when prepping food.

– One that gets me every time is when people scrape their…

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