Hear the Sunshine
“A True Story”
Charles E. Wells
Copyright Charles E. Wells 2011
Published by Wellston Publishing at Smashwords
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This book is dedicated to those who refuse to give up regardless of the odds.
Two old men were sitting in the park one day talking. One guy said, “My son just bought me this great new hearing aid. I can hear everything with it perfectly.”
The second old man said, “Wow, that’s great. What kind is it?”
The first old man pulled out his pocket watch, looked at it a moment then replied. “It’s about quarter to three.”
When I tell someone that I’m deaf, they automatically assume I mean “deaf as a post” and then get mad with me if they discover otherwise. The little joke above proves the man with the new hearing aid is also deaf even though he is functioning in a conversation. Nonetheless, by definition, he is deaf just not deaf as a post and neither was I until much later in life.
When I tell people I am deaf, they assume I mean deaf as in, I wouldn’t hear a train coming if I were standing in the middle of the tracks. I’ve learned to live with that because human nature is human nature. It's not something you’ll change overnight.
Before my Cochlear implant in 1987, I could still hear some sounds. I could even talk on the phone with “known” voices such as family members, but I couldn’t understand or grasp most of the words. I finally gave up and stopped using the phone about ten years before the implant surgery. My beautiful wife, Gail, became my speech coach and helped me avoid the expected “monotone patterns of deaf enunciations” that some deaf people develop.