Hi, I’m Vera. In my early 20s I had a bad dose of the flu, which left me with tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and some loss of high pitched hearing…… I remember realising I couldn’t hear bird song any more. I was warned things might deteriorate, and they did. Forty years later I was severely to profoundly deaf for higher frequency sounds, and moderately deaf for most of the rest. It was a slow progression. I didn’t wear hearing aids until I was 40…..first one analogue hearing aid, then two, then two digital hearing aids, subsequently (more than once) replaced with more powerful versions. They helped enormously for a long time but my hearing continued to deteriorate and I now have a cochlear implant in my right ear.
I started the blog in February 2016, in pre-implant days, and carried it through until July 2017. Then I had a rest! It started again in November 2017, focussing mainly on the story of the implant. You can find it all under “Cochlear Implant” on the menu bar.
In the Spring of 2019 I decided to retire the blog. I’m still planning to write about deafness but with a different focus – more about general issues and less about my own everyday life.
I’m planning to leave the blog in place for as long as seems relevant. I’ll still reply to comments, so if you’d like to get in touch do leave one.
So that’s me. Sixties. Retired. Living in a village in Yorkshire with husband Nigel, dog Izzy and a bionic ear.