1. Many Thanks
I think the strangest thing for me was getting used to background noises, it wasn’t just one noise that stood out, it was just having to deal with everything all at once, it was very overwhelming. This can mean stuff like air conditioning, bird noises, and fuck me, when I heard ambulances and police sirens, bricks were shat. after the first few months you get used to it, but I always found hearing people breathing was creepy as fuck, it was the first thing I noticed! I was born profoundly deaf and didn’t find out I was deaf until I was Three years old, I had an hearing aid, but it didn’t help that much as my hearing loss was severe. Then at 10 years old I was given a choice to have a cochlear implant and it was one of the best decision s I’ve ever made in my life, it impacted me into the person I am today. I’ve never been so thankful in all of my life :)
My brother is hard of hearing, and as he has downsyndrome he couldn’t really tolerate a hearing aide until he was 20. The first time he mentioned a sound was when we got home. He went to the loo and I heard him laugh hysterically. When I asked what was so funny he shouted,’I can hear my pee! My pee is so loud!’
I remind him as often as possible about it and we still laugh like children about it.
The first time I heard gravel scared the hell out of me, I thought something was breaking! And fridges scared me too, sounded like what I imagined the noises in scary movies are by the subtitles.
Lost all that bit of hearing I gained again now though :(
I became deaf after an ear infection as a baby, was able to hear a few years later after surgery. The first thing I ever remember hearing was “Heaven is a Place On Earth” by Belinda Carlisle by request of a teenage family member (it was the 80s). It freaked me out because I didn’t know what was going on.
Still don’t like that song. Still gets stuck in my head sometimes.