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 am severely to profoundly deaf for higher frequency sounds, and moderately deaf for most of the rest. It’s been 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. And what a story! You can find it all under “Cochlear Implant” on the menu bar.
I’m now mainly back to blogging about general deafness topics, with the odd cochlear implant update thrown in.
So that’s me. Sixties. Retired. Living in a village in Yorkshire with husband, Nigel, and dog, Izzy. Determinedly carrying on, trying to see the funny side. Doggedly trying not to let my ears stop me doing stuff.
I’d love to hear from you – leave a comment below.