Being deaf, it’s not easy making sure you have understood other people correctly. This can lead to all sorts of misunderstandings, and some of them can be quite funny. You certainly need a sense of humour to survive on the deaf planet! I wonder what it’s like to manage a hearing loss in different careers. Which one would be the hardest career to cope with? Which would be the most hazardous? Which would be the easiest? What do YOU do for a living and how much does your hearing loss affect your working life?
At work, I’m interviewing people and giving talks. It feels as if I am defying my hearing loss daily, I’m trying to fly in the face of my deafness. No room for shrinking violets here! No room for the deaf nod either. It’s so important to acknowledge the problem and do something about it. This approach gives hearing people the opportunity to meet me half way.
I think one of the hardest careers for a deaf person would be in medicine. Can you just imagine it?! There’s room for misdiagnosis, missing important information, misinterpreting information…. ergh!
Here’s one to make you laugh…
A male patient is lying in bed in the hospital, wearing an oxygen mask over his mouth and nose, still heavily sedated from a difficult, four hour surgical procedure. A young, student nurse appears to give him a partial sponge bath.
“Nurse”, he mumbles, from behind the mask. “Are my testicles black?” Embarrassed, the young nurse replies, “I don’t know, Sir I’m only here to wash your upper body and feet.”
He struggles to ask again. “Nurse, are my testicles black?”
Concerned that he may elevate his vitals from worry about his testicles, she overcomes her embarrassment and sheepishly pulls back the covers. She raises his gown, holds his penis in one hand and his testicles in the other, lifting and moving them around. Then, she takes a close look and says, “There’s nothing wrong with your testicles, Sir!!”
The man pulls off his oxygen mask, smiles at her and says very slowly, “Thank you very much. That was wonderful, but, listen very, very closely….. .
“A r e - m y - t e s t - r e s u l t s - b a c k?”