The only time I was deaf in those fifteen years was when I got phone calls from telemarketing companies trying to sell me something. When I think about it, that’s hilarious in itself. The phone would go, and I would answer it, and the conversation would go something like this..
Telemarketer : ‘Hello – may I speak to the head of the household please?”
Me: ‘Yes this is she”
Telemarketer: “I’m just ringing to tell you about a great offer”
Me interrupting “Are you trying to sell me something?”
Me interrupting again “Well it’s no good talking to me because I’m deaf and can’t hear on the phone”
Telemarketer apologises and hangs up.
They accepted it every time, even though I was talking to them on the phone with no problems, they accepted I was deaf and couldn’t hear them , would apologise and hang up. Hilarious! It works on market researchers too!!
Anyway – for the last 8 months, there have been no CI moments, and I’m slowly having more and more deaf moments. Take today. I have a habit of making my breakfast, then sitting on the sofa with my laptop on my lap, checking emails and answering any messages from my website. I had lots of them this morning, as well as having to give lots of attention to my cats who were determined to glomp all over me. Finally an hour later, I grabbed my breakfast plates and headed into the kitchen with them. To find the hot tap running on full. Water cold. Thank goodness it’s summer as there went my hot shower, but I’m not looking forward to the power bill!
Looking on the bright side of things, the last time I did that was 20 years ago(pre implant) when my daughter was very young, and that time was much worse. That time I had left the plug in the sink, with the hot tap running on full, and I not only filled the sink, but completely flooded the kitchen, the downstairs, the dining room, the lounge etc.. Worse still it was at my mother’s place, and she had only put in brand new carpet the week before. It did need cleaning didn’t it???
I know I’m not the only one who has deaf moments like these. I’m sure there’s lots of hilarious disaster stories to tell, that probably weren’t funny at the time, but looking back makes you double over with laughter now !
I remember popping in on a friend of mine. He didn’t hear us, so we walked in. He held up his hand and told us to take a seat but he MUST finish the vacuuming as he has ONE more room to do. It was summer, it was hot, and sweat was dripping off him, he was working so hard with that vacuum cleaner. Just as well he told us to sit down as we would have fallen otherwise, as we were laughing so hard. We had tears in our eyes. You see – the vacuum cleaner wasn’t even plugged in!! It really did look like something out of a Monty Python movie!
Then there was another friend who was away at a beach house. She decided to turn on the jug to make herself a cup of coffee. She went back to her book. About an hour or two later she realized she still hadn’t had her cup of coffee so went back into the kitchen. The jug was nowhere to be seen. All that was left of it was a little mound of plastic with a power cord going into the wall. The jug had simply melted! No automatic switch off.
This is funny as well as serious. The consequences could have been so much worse, there could have been a fire or an electrocution but luckily there wasn’t.
I rely on my ears to give me clues to what is happening around me. I’ve relied on them for years. I was only profoundly deaf for a short while before I was implanted and the implant gave me more hearing than I’ve ever had in my whole life.
I can see I’m going to have be more vigilant with my other senses in the upcoming months while I wait to see what happens with my ears. I find out on Tuesday whether the hearing nerve is still intact on my left side and whether I can have a possible CI. I’m hopeful. And I’m hoping I will have less deaf moments, and more CI moments in the future.
If you have a hilarious story of a deaf or CI moment, please share with me as I need the laugh, and I also need to be constantly reminded that I’m not the only one!