I've always been interested in learning Sign Language...I don't know why...maybe part of it was because I speak several spoken languages and this would be a challenge? It's hard to say...but I CAN say for sure that the cliche "be careful what you wish for" definitely applies to this story...
For those of you who don't know this...I was raised by nuns in an "orphanage" from the day I was born until I was adopted at almost 12 years old. I remember when I was in Kindergarten...I had a bad cold and then had a terrible ear ache that was draining...when I went to the doctor...he said that it was from not blowing my nose enough while I had the cold and the pressure built and built until it punctured my eardrum! That was a pretty horrendous experience! After that, the nuns being well...nuns, forced me to carry kleenex around with me all the time!!
During my whole childhood...even after I was adopted...I always had bronchitis or ear infections...sometimes both. When I was 14 I had a head injury and my eardrum ruptured again (but I don't remember if it was the same ear or not).
Then adding insult to injury...my fave past time has always been listening to music and attending concerts...of course using earbuds on a daily basis. The louder the better!!
When I was at the end of high school I felt I had a hearing problem...my mom took me to the Dr. and he said I had tiny little ear canals and that they were filled with wax...and I'd probably have a wax problem my whole life! He cleaned out my ears and I really could hear better!!.
One time when I was getting a routine wax removal...he decided to do an in-office hearing test. He said that I was having a hard time hearing the real high pitched sounds and he said, "if you're listening to an orchestra and you can't tell if it's a first or second violin...does that really matter?" I don't know doc...let me ask my sister who DOES play the violin!! :>)
When I became an "adult" I went to an Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist who cleaned out my ears and then had an Audiologist do a hearing test on me. They said I had minimal hearing loss that didn't warrant a hearing aid...
As long as my husband and I had been dating...he always said that he couldn't believe how loud I have the TV on when I'm watching it. Since we've been married he says that it seems to have gotten worse...
Recently at a general doc visit she had the nurse clean my ears and she suggested I go to see an Audiologist...so I did...the other day. I still have minimal hearing loss in my right ear...but my left ear has moderate hearing loss which makes me a candidate for a hearing aid!!
A lot of what I've read about hearing loss says that by the time a person reaches age 60...they have some hearing loss. Well guess what?? I'm not even 30 yet!!!!
I know...I don't have cancer or any life-threatening disease...but for a young person such as myself...this is pretty devastating!!
This Thursday I have an appt. with the same Audiologist to let me use a "trial" hearing aid...to see if I think I might want one...it should be interesting to see what I may or may not have been missing all these years!!
Hearing aids are very expensive but my loving and supportive husband says NOTHING is too expensive if it'll improve my quality of life...
Anyways...he and I are BOTH going to learn Sign Language!