Day by Day : The Chronicles of a Hard of Hearing Reporter

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-06-15
  • Publisher: Gallaudet Univ Pr

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The Seventh Volume in the Deaf Lives SeriesElizabeth Thompsonrs"s hearing loss was detected when she was in elementary school, and her hearing continued to deteriorate until she became completely deaf. Like many other hard of hearing and late-deafened individuals, her hearing loss complicated the general challenges of life. She struggled through school, worked as a secretary, married, had a daughter, and then found herself living as a single mother. She remarried, and soon after learned that she had contracted Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Despite these hurdles, Thompson always expressed her determination to enjoy the best life had to offer. Her astonishing exuberance might have gone unnoticed if she hadnrs"t accepted a new position as a reporter/columnist in 1998 for the Suburban News Publications (SNP).Day by Day: The Chronicles of a Hard of Hearing Reporterpresents a marvelous blend of her experiences and best SNP columns that illustrate how she crafted her remarkable outlook. In her columns, Thompson presented how she handled her hearing loss as a personal guide for readers. She used every stratagem available to function full-throttle hearing aids, FM systems, lights for alarms, TTYs, even training her dog Snert. She also gently counseled readers on how to treat deaf and hard of hearing people with practical consideration and respect. Her pursuit of a fully realized life enabled her to do what she loved most, to meet and write about inspiring persons, many of whom are profiled in her memoir. Thompson eventually underwent cochlear implantation that restored 95% of her hearing, an exalting moment for her. Yet,Day by Daycelebrates the entire arc of her life, a wonderful testament to her joyous resilience.

Author Biography

Elizabeth Thompson writes and lives in Grove City, OH.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Acknowledging Differencesp. 1
I Can't Hear Your When I Yawnp. 12
You Are One of Millionsp. 27
Handling Insensitive Questions and Changing One's Attitudep. 40
What's Your Shoe Size?p. 49
Stories of Growing up Deaf in a Hearing Familyp. 54
Marriage Vows Become a Realityp. 87
File It Awayp. 97
Listening and Hearingp. 108
Enjoy the Ridep. 111
Employee/Employer Bluesp. 114
Twisted Fingersp. 125
Mouth Wide Openp. 130
When Batteries Diep. 137
Worship "Normally"p. 141
Mickey Mouse Voicesp. 148
Looking Both Waysp. 167
Suweet-suwee-suweet!p. 178
Technical Description of Cochlear Implant Mappingp. 184
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