Deaf writer and actress Sophie Woolley has written an insightful article for the Mail about how having a cochlear implant has made a difference to her life.
Woolley was deafened in her 20s, and deafness runs in her family. She describes in her article how she felt when she was able to hear her husband’s voice, and music, again.
It’s well worth a read.
My hands were shaking as I dialled my husband’s number. It had, after all, been almost ten years since I’d last heard Tom’s voice.
‘Hello Sophie,’ he said, sounding just as he had the first time we met, at a party in 2000. We both started to laugh with joy, so loudly that I nearly missed hearing him say: ‘I love you.’
Those words usually passed between us in sign language. I had been profoundly deaf for several years, and we had come to rely on signing to communicate.
Tom’s voice wasn’t the only sound I’d missed desperately in that time. I missed hearing my dad play his violin, the splashing of water in a shower, even hearing myself sing.
I could hear when I was born but began to go deaf in my teens. As I approached my 39th birthday last summer, I was somewhere between profoundly and totally deaf.
But the flick of a techno-switch on the cochlear implant fitted in my skull finally transported me back to a lost world; a place where cats purred, sirens screeched and pebbles clinked on the beach.
Read the rest of the article here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2442130/Deaf-writer-Sophie-Woolleys-cochlear-implant-regained-hearing.html#ixzz2geMMwtPq
The Limping Chicken is the world's most popular Deaf blog, and is edited by Deaf journalist and filmmaker Charlie Swinbourne. Find out how to write for us by clicking here, how to follow us by clicking here, and read our disclaimer here.
The site exists thanks to our supporters. Check them out below:
- Eyewitness Media: TV and film from a Deaf perspective
- Ai-Media: Remote captioning. Find out about 5 funny ways to use captions!
- Bellman & Symfon: home alerting solutions
- Deaf Umbrella: sign language interpreting and communications support
- Appa: Communication services for Deaf, Deafblind and hard of hearing people
- SignLive: Online video interpreting for Deaf people
- SignVideo: Instant BSL video interpreting online
- 121 Captions: captioning and speech-to-text services
- Signature: Leading awarding body for BSL qualifications
- The National Theatre: Captioned and BSL accessible theatre in London
- Doncaster School for the Deaf: education for Deaf children
- Signworld: Learn BSL online!
- Action Deafness Communications: sign language and Red Dot online video interpreting
- BSLcourses.co.uk: Provider of online BSL courses
- Association of Notetaking Professionals: The professional body representing Electronic and Manual Notetakers
- Sign Solutions: communication support, training and translation
- InterpretersLive: On demand BSL video interpretation
- Hamilton Lodge School in Brighton: education for Deaf children
- Lipspeaker UK: specialist lipspeaking support
- Ozen: Australian hearing aid specialists
- Elmfield School, Bristol: Inclusive education for Deaf pupils
- deafPLUS: BSL advice helpline
- Exeter Deaf Academy: education for Deaf children
- Royal Shakespeare Company: Captioned and BSL interpreted performances (see dates here)
- Royal School for the Deaf, Derby: Residential education for deaf children
- RAD Tax Advice: Tax and Tax Credit info for Deaf people
- Performance Interpreting: BSL interpreting at concerts
- National Deaf Children's Society: The leading charity for deaf children
- Signed Culture: Advocating for BSL access to arts and culture
- SignHealth: healthcare charity for Deaf people
- CJ Interpreting: communication support in BSL
- British Society for Mental Health and Deafness: Promoting positive mental health for deaf people