“You don’t sound like you’re deaf.” Since I’ve gotten my cochlear implants, I get this a lot.
A few weeks ago, Dave and I were talking with someone about hearing loss. I was explaining how my CIs worked and that when I take them off, I’m totally deaf. He looked amazed and said, “If you hadn’t told me, I would never have known you had any type of hearing loss at all.”
“Hang on” I said, as I slipped the magnets off my head and let them dangle down to my shoulders. Then I continued speaking. “I can’t hear myself talking now, but Dave and Paige tell me that my voice changes when my CIs are off. They can tell when the battery dies or I’m not wearing my CIs at all. Can you tell the difference now?” He looked stunned. He could obviously hear the difference.
One of these days I’ll have to tape-record myself talking with and then without the CIs, so I can hear the difference too. It’s like my little parlor trick, to actually prove that I’m deaf. Does anybody else ever do this?