A journal of a "post-lingual acquired hearing loss in adulthood", or how I went deaf - and got a cochlear implant - at 39.
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
"Giants" bringing hearing and hope
Mike Peterson, who knows I don't follow American football news much - or, in fact, ever - alerted me to this great article about NFL players donating their time to work with the Starkey Hearing Foundation to provide hearing aids for Rwandans. (I almost forgot - check out Mike's Comic Strip of the Day website, with insightful commentary on current comic strips and panels. You won't be disappointed.)
I'm slightly familiar with the work of the Starkey Hearing Foundation - Marlee Matlin is one of their biggest supporters and promotes their work tirelessly. I was less familiar with the fact that their good works are so far-flung. When you think about the opportunities for the people in this article to access hearing aids without the intervention of an organization like Starkey, well...
The article itself by its very existence is evidence that the strategy of recruiting celebrities and athletes to participate in these programs pays off. I am impressed by the attitudes of the players quoted in the article, and by the fact that they're working, not standing around being famous. Being an agent of bringing someone out of the silence into communication with the world again must be a whole different kind of special feeling.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Cayo Largo del Sur
Flew in last night via Montréal - the First Officer came on over the intercom to tell us that the Canadiens had beaten the rival Bruins in their second playoff game, to general applause - and on to Fredericton this morning. How can two weeks of doing nothing leave you so tired? If I was any tireder, I'd have to be twins.
Sleep now, details later (now! with more iguanas!)