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  1. So interesting–and apropos to what I’m writing at the moment, about a young woman going deaf. It’s true, we don’t devote a whole lot of language to the art of listening. But we should!

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    • Is this a novel, short story or other. I’d like to read this. My hearing has tanked over the past six years, and while I’ve written a bit about how that makes me feel, I don’t think I’ve ever described hearing loss as a sense.

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      • Hi Jeff, I’m about a third of the way in on the first draft of a novel-in-progress. One of the main characters has an inoperable tumor (I heard about first on NPR) which is causing her to lose her hearing. A lover of music and dance, she’s trying to memorize the songs she can while dealing with the fact that her singing voice changes, etc., etc., and also learning to sign and read lips in preparation for going deaf. My dad’s hard-of-hearing but uses hearing aids, so growing up, it was something I thought about. I also follow blogger, Meriah Nichols, who is Deaf and has very illuminating insights. I haven’t written about this project of mine on my blog yet…but it’ll happen. Hope you might stop by. Checking out your blog now!

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      • This sounds like an ambitious novel. Way to go. Here’s an anecdote from yesterday that I’m still fairly pissed about it. I was flying Air France and trying to watch a movie. When there’s background noise (like on a plane), it’s difficult to clearly hear a movie soundtrack. I asked the attendant how to turn on subtitles. He told me I could watch it in French with English subtitles but not in English with English subtitles. I think those of us who are in the process of losing their hearing are often overlooked in accessibility. Of course, maybe it’s just because it isn’t an american company and there are fewer legal requirements.

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      • That is very frustrating, I would imagine. I know the background noise can be a real problem. (Restaurants are about the worst place for my dad.) I learned something interesting I’d never known about Deaf/deaf culture recently. Capitalized Deaf is for born unable to hear and lowercase is for losing one’s hearing later. There are a lot of very good disability/accessibility bloggers out there who raise these kinds of issues–such as with the subtitles. (Honestly, I watch BBC shows with the subtitles on, frequently, so I don’t miss anything, with the accents.) I appreciate you sharing your experience–and your visiting here!

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