Facts of Deaf

I'm going to share a few simple facts of being deaf. I realize these are concepts so far beyond most people's every day lives, but they are facts... 1. A deaf person CANNOT. USE. A TELEPHONE. Providing a deaf person with a phone number for ANY reason defies all human logic. It is, in a word, stupid. They should put that in the dictionary... "Stupid: see: giving a deaf person a telephone number for anything." Do not assume that because said deaf person has hearing aids, or a Cochlear implant, that they can…Read more …

The Cyborg Cometh…

Guess I haven't written anything in awhile. I think I wanted to just have some great big, awesome thing to say... and the closest I can come to that is: I can hear. Yep. The Processor for the Cochlear WORKED. I can hear. And good lord, what the hell am I hearing? This is a really loud world you folks have here... how the heck haven't you all lost your minds already? I'm hearing stuff that makes no real sense to me.. and realizing how much of the world of sound I missed...…Read more …

Side Effects

I think I'm experiencing emotional side effects of everything that has happened these last few months. I found myself very angry, snippy, and probably way too rough for no real reason today. I took it out on someone else, alas. It's too late to subtract the words. I think the question I forgot is this: Did you do it for a good? Were your goals good? I think they were. So tomorrow, I have a meeting, and I'll apologize for being a snippy, grumpster...I hate losing control. I have all these excuses to…Read more …

Complaining about lack of Captioning on Web Sites with Video

Recently, I took the time to write a short, snarky complaint to CNN.com over the lack of captioning in videos on their website... Description: Name: Michael McEvoy Webaddress: every freaking video on the site General comments: Your site continues to NOT provide captioning for videos. Perhaps you think deaf viewers do not deserve to watch video? Or they should just watch it and play scattergories, and guess what's being said during the videos? Sorry if this is not a constructive complaint, but it's plain lazy, and I'm sick of websites treating me like…Read more …

Almost Cyborg

Well, I am almost there as far as being cyborg. The Cochlear Nucleus 5 has been implanted into the right side of my skull. First off, I'll say this: If they tell you this surgery is "easy"... smack em down. Hard. It is not easy. I am now 1 week post surgery, and still suffering pain in the right side of my head. The surgery itself was horrendous. It is NOT minor surgery. It is a horrid joke that the surgery is treated as outpatient. My ass should have been resting in a…Read more …

Amalgamate Now?

Sometimes in your life, there are spans of time when the definition of your life is writ large, across the face of reality like graffiti. Everyone within eye sight, ear shot, a tongue flick can see, smell and taste everything that is about to happen... and have no idea what it feels like. At this moment, my life is a storage closet of chaos. Life without definition, but full of cluster, sound and fury. I just spent a half hour researching Cochlear Implants. I read someone elses blog on this process and broke…Read more …

I miss…

I've now gone over a month without hearing much of anything, which seems like an excellent time to reflect on sounds I miss... I miss voices. Real voices. Not the ones my mind makes up. I miss the sound of running water. Faucets. Creeks. Waves on the shore. I miss the sound of my nephew's laughter and giggles. I miss music. A soundtrack other than my own. I miss the aural squinting of trying to hear what you're saying. August 6th, I get evaluated for a cochlear implant. I'm kinda hoping they say…Read more …

Deaf is as Deaf does or You can’t fix Deaf.

Well, I'm back from the ENT. It was an odd visit... The Dr. was cool. Both of them communicated rather well, considering my totally deaf state. I took a hearing test, and for the first time ever, they adapted the test for tinnitus. Instead of a single tone, they used a triple tone. This made it easier to determine what was a tone and what was tinnitus. As a result, my hearing test results look better than any I've taken in 20+ years. Still very bad, but not AS bad, ya know? Some…Read more …

I hate my ears. Seriously hate them.

So, this week, I got sick on Monday. It only lasted a few hours, and i felt better. I worked Tuesday, and worked a gangbuster 10.5 hrs on Wednesday with almost nothing to eat. On Wednesday evening, I was going to head to the bar at 9pm with my lady, and before that, I took my dad out to dinner for Prime Rib at Paige's (only $7.50 on Wednesday). We sit down, we order. It's loud in the there. I'm talking to my dad and all of a sudden... the whole damn world…Read more …

How much can I take?

So, I'm still working on the healing thing. My Doctor tells me I can put 100% weight on by July 5th (my next appointment). I'll be at 75% this Tuesday... I need to get back home by June 30th or my cat will starve. Can I climb the stairs? Yeah. But it's real slow.Is it safe? Not really, no. It's clumsy. There's no way I can do stuff like carry in groceries and such. Maybe i'll just have to go home for lunch and feed the cat? It could work. I'm returning the…Read more …