© 2014 Marica

To hear or not to hear

Being woken in the middle of the night by my son Damian (or as he’d preferred to be known, Michael) is not an uncommon occurrence. This morning it was to tell me his hearing aid was broken. He was distressed. I got up out of bed, followed him to his room and looked through sleepy eyes at what was indeed a broken device.

My automatic response was to want to know what had happened. My son’s only concern was, “Can you fix it?”.

Looking at the broken pieces, at 2am while still half-asleep, there was only one possible response, “No”.

As I crawled back into bed I lay there thinking about what this meant and how I was going to resolve this problem quickly. Damian totally relies on his hearing aids to be able to hear. His world has now become a lot more silent and confusing. We rely on his hearing aids for our sanity. Our world has just become a lot louder and more frustrating.

Later in the morning, after making some phone calls I discovered  there was no quick fix for our problem but I now had a plan – one it turns out my son didn’t like when I tried to explain it to him. As my voice became louder and louder, so he could hear what I was saying, he became more angry with me. It turns out all my son cared about was being able to watch the wrestling on television on Sunday (a weekly ritual of his) and he wouldn’t be able to do this without his hearing aids. Meanwhile, the rest of us were already becoming stressed by the increased volumes of sound blasting our own ear drums – and it was only day one!

The sanity of our household had to be restored fast, and it was … thanks to the wonder product sellotape and some patience at solving a three piece puzzle (a more difficult task than it actually sounds).

This was a timely reminder to not take even the simplest of things for granted. So often when everything is going well, and working as it should, we take no notice of it. This is particularly true in relation to our health and well-being.

I am so grateful I can hear, that I can process what I hear and respond to it. Living with someone who is challenged in all these areas makes me appreciate this gift so much more. For my son, his hearing aids are an enabling technology that make a difference to every second of every day. I am also aware we are blessed that we are able to pay for theses expensive little devices when they are are so unattainable to so many others.

Manifesto
11. Every day do something for someone else.
20. Every day say thank you.
48. Every day there are things you can’t change. You can change the way you think about them and deal with them.

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