Hi there, very interesting thread this is. Maybe the wrong place to put my reaction?
I am not blind, but I am half deaf and when I am very tired, ill or, umm, on occasion, drunk
, the other ear stops working too. The deafness started when I got 21 years and has since not gone, but one adapts. Without my hearing-aid, I just am a total goof when trying to hear the direction and distance of the sound, quite annoying when in traffic. When I first got my hearing-aid, just the sound of my footsteps, or the door-keys, got me panicking because of the sudden noise that came from a completely different part of my brain that I was not accustomed to anymore.
Really my way to cope was to surrender to the fact and try to live my life with everything else I have left - which in my case is a LOT! Just the fact that people can't see that you don't hear everything is annoying. Having to interpret every sound with my - sometimes very lurid - imagination, makes conversations go astray and sometimes makes me react just a little slower, and makes me seem a little slower in the head too. While, obviously, I am brilliant
Another interesting side of this is that I seem to hear things that are not there. Overactive imagination, I guess, the so-called pre-emptive strike. AND the fact that my working ear is on a constant alert for anything. ANYTHING. Also during the night. Hence the nightly ear-plug and the timer on my bedside lamp in the morning.
Another bore is that I am literally working on batteries. Battery low? No sound on the right side, and me completely exhausted, panicking and done for within the hour. I am not able to speak normally within two hours.
Now, this is not intended to complain, for I live a very happy life, but maybe somebody else can get some recognition through this. I know I did, when simply reading a little pamphlet for the hearing-impaired, with all the little day-to-day problems described and recognised that for me are endless and daily, but never came to the surface untill that moment.
And, guys, for the record, when you put in ear-plugs, yes, you hear your breathing and your heart-beat very strongly. Embrace the noise! Or not! When you are deaf, there really is (at least for me) total silence.