A Quiet World: Living with Hearing Loss by David G. Myers

By David G. Myers

How do humans do something about listening to loss? during this research, David Myers, who has himself suffered sluggish listening to loss, explores the issues confronted via the tough of listening to at domestic and at paintings and gives info at the new expertise and surgeries on hand.

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Debates on Attitude and Terminology 9 NOVEMBER 1992 More on cochlear implants. Last night’s 60 Minutes program featured a seven-year-old girl who completely lost her hearing in infancy (as did Henry Kisor) when she contracted meningitis. Thanks to a cochlear implant, her hearing has been partially restored, and, after training, her capacity to understand speech (even over the phone with no visual cues) is remarkable. Knowing the comparatively greater “plasticity” of children’s brains and the resultant capacity for learning, however, I will be surprised if deaf senior citizens derive similar benefits from today’s cochlear implants.

10–11) Those who hear cannot imagine how grindingly lonely deafness often can be. . Just as do the hearing, the deaf Relationships 35 need to communicate, to share their thoughts and feelings with others. Only a fellow lifer in the jailhouse of silence understands how important that is to sanity and how difficult it can be to achieve. (pp. 152– 53) I have only tasted this experience, but enough to have the feeling of marginality when, with or without a hearing device, a group’s conversation is beyond the reach of my ears.

Perhaps visual compensation explains why there are so many visually skilled deaf engineers, deaf architects, and deaf mathematicians. New research at the University of Montreal indicates that, with one ear plugged, blind people are more accurate than sighted people at locating a sound source. By comparison with blind people, however, people who are deaf from birth seem to exhibit fewer compensatory sensory enhancements. For example, they apparently don’t exhibit superior reading ability (which is nurtured as people learn the spoken language).

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