IWSG – November – Did You Hear That?

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Many Thanks to Alex Cavanaugh for starting the Insecure Writer’s Support Group and to my friend, Patricia Garcia, for inviting me to join this supportive group.  Sadly, due to life, I missed posting for October so I will post two posts this month.

November’s question for the writers is “What is your favorite aspect of being a writer?”  Actually, to be honest, I had never thought in terms of being a writer.  What I like is creativity, and writing gives me the opportunity to express my feelings around family events that in some cases deserve to be told.  My belief is that we learn from others’ life experiences… I hope people are listening.  Thanks for stopping by.

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So many people take our senses of hearing, seeing, taste, and touch for granted.  Boy did I ever learn a good lesson when I picked up new hearing aids as I have lost 50% or more of my hearing in both ears.

Suddenly, driving, as the rain slams against my car, it assaults me as it sounds like machine gun fire interspersed with firework like pops as the cars passing me splash the puddles at my car.  My keys in the ignition clanked as they seemingly slammed against my CRV’s dashboard like a sledgehammer. The car seat sounds like the leather is cracking with my every move.

Normally, I turn the volume of my radio up quite high, but it nearly blasts me from the car.  My God, I can hear!  Now my car won’t bounce down the street with the beat of the music.

On my walks along the waterfront, I hear the waves lap against the shore as the seagulls scream their lungs out while laughing at me as they fly overhead.  I even hear the conversations of people walking in the park.  Children laugh and babies cry.  I can hear it all.  I jump as a jogger runs by me.  In the past, I could not hear someone coming up from behind me.

The other day down at the public restroom down at the Marina Park there was a mother with her three year old daughter.  We managed to leave the building at approximately the same time with me a few steps ahead of them.  Earlier that day the rain had drenched the earth and there were humungous mud puddles along the walk way leading from the restroom.  As we left, the mother mentioned that she needed some water.  The little girl pointed to the enormous mud puddle they passed and said, “Mom, there is your water back there.”  I absolutely chuckled, as without hearing I could not hear these fun conversations.

As I type, I hear the clatter of the keys on my computer’s keyboard.  Heck, I thought they were silent all this time.  The best sound in the world is my children’s and grandchildren’s voices without my saying “WHAT?” all the time.  However, I feel sorry for them as my new hearing aids screech every time I put my cellular phone near my ear.

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In the kitchen, I hear the crinkle of the aluminum foil as I unroll it to wrap around my salmon.  The foil screams as I tear it off.  I used to complain that the timer on the oven was so soft it whispered at me.  NOW, I realize it sounded like a fog horn all this time.  I hear the clank of the silverware as I put it away in the drawer or pull out knives and forks when I set the table for dinner.

Yes, my family has a history of bad hearing, as I had lost over 50% of my hearing in both ears by the time I was 40.  However, ego and lack of money kept me from purchasing hearing aids.  I finally made the decision to wear hearing aids, several years ago, so now my old hearing aids were no longer receiving sounds, or my ears were filled with wax… YUP… BOTH.  After the audiologist drilled for gold in my ears and replaced my antique aides with new aides, the shock of hearing nearly gave me a headache!

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Now, I hear the creak of the floor boards and the thuds of the people walking around in the apartment above us.  Oh yes, now I don’t have to leave my cellular phone’s volume on high.  I can HEAR again!  It’s a GREAT new world out there!

And now, don’t talk behind my back, as I CAN HEAR YOU!

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About Gwynn Rogers

After 20 years of sales and marketing experience in the fields of real estate, high tech, and corporate travel, Gwynn has moved on to the career of “Grandma.” When not teaching her granddaughters an extensive vocabulary of “alley-oop-boop, ups-a-daisy, cowabunga or bummer”, Gwynn can be found hunting for mentors for the Kitsap Youth Mentoring Consortium, or chasing her fantasies on her treadmill. Gwynn currently freelances for magazines.
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10 Responses to IWSG – November – Did You Hear That?

  1. susan scott says:

    Loved this Gwynn thank you, told with your inimitable sense of humour and style! And the quotes cracked me up – hairy chest & being able to turn off. It’s such a great gift that of hearing …

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Oh, trust me Susan, with a lack of hearing, the conversations that we hear can be TRULY unique. My former college roommate and I get together periodically and she was talking about Meditation… ONLY, I thought she was talking about Medication! 😉 Hearing the correct words really helps keep a conversation going! Thanks for your delightful comment!

  2. Reminds me of when I put glasses on for the first time at age 9. For a few years I couldn’t see the blackboard, even in the front row center, but a crazy woman who gave me a screening test decided I didn’t need glasses (she thought I was stupid and didn’t understand her instructions, when in fact I COULDN’T SEE A DARN THING). Once I finally had glasses, I couldn’t believe how different the world looked.

    This was an incredible sensory post…I could “hear” all the sounds as you wrote about them. Glad you’re able to hear again!

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Oh man, Nadine, the woman that tested you definitely needed to have her brain tested. When I hear stories like yours I want to clobber the so-called authority. Yes, it IS a different world when you can see and hear! I hope you didn’t go a long time without glasses after dealing with the “crazy woman!”

      Believe me, wearing new hearing aids WAS an incredible sensory lesson to me as to what I had been missing out on all these years. It is GREAT to “hear” from you! Hugs!

  3. My hearing is not the best. I am always asking “What” and just nodding when I have no idea what people are saying. I think the problem isn’t volume but distinguishing individual words when there is background noise. It’s annoying.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Tamara, I went 10 years without hearing well and reading lips. Background noise is a big factor, but have your hearing checked. You lose a lot of intellectual ability when you can’t hear as your brain misses the words. It is terribly frustrating not hearing. I wish you luck… but get your ears tested.

  4. You have such unique writing style, Gwynn, so lovely and funny. I think I could probably recognize your style no matter where I see it at this point. And love the description of the birds, kids and babies. Isn’t it great to hear the world all around us so well down to the tiniest detail? So much communication is unspoken.
    Thank you for this beautiful piece. Loved every word of it.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Silvia, you are SO kind! Now, if only I could match your incredible writing style. Heck, I wouldn’t mind a mind and an imagination like yours… but I always did admire Erma Bombeck. Hopefully, I made you smile! 😉 Trust me, being able to hear is a blessing! Thanks for your support! Hugs!

  5. pat garcia says:

    It is so good to see you participating this month. I see you discovered your humour and your joy. Excellent piece of writing, my dear.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Thanks Pat for your comments. I felt terrible last month, especially about not publishing a post but I was in a really dark, deep hole. Plus, having some inspiration definitely helps. I don’t know HOW you manage to write as much as you do and support your friends. You are an angel! Thanks for you support.

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