In this analysis I will begin by giving a description of the resource centers that help me prepare for this experimental journey. I will detail my occurrence of having a hearing impairment for approximately six hours; I will entail every activity with its sentiments outlining my drawback having the disability. I will continue by describing a little bit about hearing impairment. I will have various sources throughout the illustrative paper. I will conclude this paper with a reflection of this experience.
When I first learned about this experimentation, I looked into intervention programs for people with hearing disabilities in Montreal. The first one I researched was CHIP Communicaid for Hearing Impaired Persons. It is a non-profit organization that has a mission towards helping people with hearing impairment. They promote programs similar to HEAR Hearing Education for Aural Rehabilitation to help teach people with hearing disability to be successful within their community and in their daily lives. They also have support groups for the people with the impairments as well as their families. CHIP’s Technical Aids and Resource Centre, also offers explanations on assistive listening devices, American Sign Language, guides people with hearing impairments on receiving government services and impairment grants. An additional resource center I discovered was Raymond-Dewar Institute. It’s very similar to CHIP, but leans more towards the French community. Raymond-Dewar Institute helps people who have a hearing impairment and minimum twenty-one years of age. Most of their clients have been diagnosed with an either a lasting conductive hearing loss or sensor-neural. This milieu offers a late-deafened support group, cochlear implant workshops; it also submits a comprehensive range of French programs which include courses such as LSQ, Quebec sign language. In essence CHIP, first and foremost serves the Anglophones of Montreal and Raymond-Dewar Institute serves the Francophone of Montreal.
Hearing-impairment later in life may possibly be the consequence of many different reasons; diseases such as Meningitis, Mumps, of even AIDS might cause deafness. There are many ways of categorize hearing loss. One category is conductive hearing loss might be the outcome of when sound waves have difficulty getting transmitted from the air outside the ear to the tiny hair cells in the cochlea, which is the inside of the ear, where the sound waves are transmitted as nerve impulses. This type of hearing loss is frequently found in a swimmer’s ear. After the sound waves passes through the ear canal it may cause the eardrum Tympanic Membrane to throb. These quivering sensations are transmitted through the three small ear bones of the middle ear space and it may cause movement in the liquefied part of the ear that is located in the inner part of the ear. The middle ear holds air that is refilled through the Eustachian tube each time a person swallows. A higher respiratory virus may cause the Eustachian tube to cause trouble in resulting, liquid as an alternative of air. This fluid moistens the useful transmission of sound through the ear bones resulting in a mild or even judicious hearing loss. Other conductive hearing loss may include Otoe-sclerosis a type of bone disease that may lead in results in decreased movement of the bone and unproductive transmission of sound waves into the inner ear or skin sores that are related to Eustachian tube failure middle ear birth defects that result in malformed ear bones.
A second category may be Sensor-neural hearing loss. A universal cause of sensor-neural hearing loss is exposure to loud noises. This may take place when the hair cells in the cochlea are injured then are unsuccessful to transform vibrations of the inner ear liquids into electrical indications that are transmitted to the brain. Hereditary irregularities of the inner ear may cause hearing loss from birth or a progressive hearing loss later in life. The greater parts of individuals with inherited hearing loss have no other malformations. There is a widespread rule, if ears ring after a noisy event such as a concert, the sound may have injured the inner ears. Ear plugs may save from harm the individual from inner ear damage in most situations. As people get older they may begin hearing loss. Elder people, who lose their hearing, usually are people who rendered in our industrialized society, were exposed to noise and now may pay the consequences to long-standing effects and hearing loss. Elderly people in primordial societies do not show the same symptoms and degree of hearing loss as is seen in industrialized Western World countries. Certain individuals have a hereditary tendency for a progressive hearing loss as they get older. There are several other conditions that also may cause hearing loss at a later stage of life, for instance Meniere’s disease, unexpected sensor-neural hearing loss, and head injuries can cause sensor-neural hearing loss. Sensor-neural hearing loss can also result from diseases that affect the auditory nerve that connects the hair cells to the brain. An exemplar would be the auditory neuronal, which is a benign tumor of the auditory nerve that gradually develops in a one-sided hearing loss. Usually this condition is correlated with ringing of the ear. Many cases of sensor-neural hearing loss may be treated with hearing aids. People that have a great amount of hearing loss in which a hearing aid is not providing sufficient help may gain more from a cochlear implant.
My six hours was in these segments: The first twenty minutes instant migraine; followed by a thirty minute nap. The next hour I walked with a friend to the tennis court and played tennis for forty minutes, and returned home. In the next hour I showered, watched television and tried to communicate with my youngest son. In the fourth hour I decided to go get some groceries, and I also prepared a mouth-watering late lunch. In the last hour and a half, I spent most part of it in a car, as my friend was driving me up north to the Lauretians we stopped for ice cream on our way up north. By the time we reached my friend’s families cottage place, my six hours had just surpassed by approximately fifteen minutes.
To prepare myself for this journey, I had researched about impairments. I realized in practicing in this experiment that there is a huge amount of difference between theory and practice. To disable my hearing I used a pair of airplane safety plugs, and headphones on top of the plugs. First I felt blood rushing through my brain, within the first fifteen or twenty minutes. I cannot really express in words, but it was like someone had placed me upside down for an enormous amount of time and blood had rushed to my brain. I immediately felt forced to take two extra strong Advils so I could have proceeded with the activity. After taking the pain reliving medicine, I decided to rest for a short while. This was pleasant, absolute silence.
When I then awoke from my short nap, I walked to the tennis court with my friend. The live through was illusory. I always believed that when I played tennis my most important sense was visual. This experiment proved me wrong. I mechanically took for granted my hearing ability. I was missing to hit the tennis ball quite a bit. It was as if I was not able to play. I then started to concentrate a lot more on the tennis ball, but playing tennis became so much more strenuous. I then walked home, and realized that my visual ability relies a lot more hearing than I ever imagined. To cross streets I had to concentrate and trust my eyes that I can cross, when before I trusted my hearing mechanically. I tried to communicate with my friend, but that was very difficult indeed.
My ears were trying to grasp what my friend was communicating to me but it was hardly possible. I felt frustrated and I was getting irritated and tired. I took a shower. This part of the experimental just like my nap was simply phenomenal. The water as it touched my skin seemed to open other sensations that I never felt before. It was so astounding. It was simply like being born again.
I then entered the living room, where my son was watching television. I found myself turning up the volume on higher and higher on the T.V. I was consciousness of being frustrated and irritated had returned. I constantly was asking him to repeat what they were saying on the television, but could not understand him either.
My son then also became very irritated and frustrated with me. I decided to go out and get some fresh fruits. As I walked to the fruit market, again the sense of trust was missing. I was trying hard to hear vehicles, but was unsuccessful. When I entered the fruit market, everything was self serve. I functioned well. When I got to the cashier, I was able to see the amount I needed to pay. Since that went so well, I decided to go into the fish market.
The fish market was not as successful as the fruit market. I was yelling at the clerk, he was looking perplexed. I assume that also happened because he noticed I was wearing headphones. It might of seemed to him that I was plain rude. I did leave with some Red Snapper and Salmon, but again disturbed.
As I returned home, I was alone in my kitchen. This like my nap and shower was an extraordinary experience. I was able to give my complete attention to the food. It was like making passionate love with my food and no interruptions. I felt the food; I smelled the aroma of the fresh ingredients as I was preparing my Red Snapper.
My friend came over and we had a late lunch with my son. It was very difficult for me to hear, but I was able to read their facial expressions and body gestures to realize that my lunch was indeed very successful. It was just as gratifying knowing that my food was appreciated never the less that I had impairment.
My friend and I were off to the Laurentians. He was very patient with me knowing that I had this experimental learning. I just sat back and enjoyed the ride. I realized how much more I became observant because I had a hearing impairment. I noticed silly things too. I was looking at all the licenses plate and then looking at people in the vehicles, to see what they resembled. There was no purpose in what I was doing but none the less it was invigorating. When we arrived at Mont Saint Sauver, my friend and I stopped for ice-cream. I had a blizzard with Oreo and Smarties. It was the best ice cream I ever tasted because for some reason, my tasting sensatory was revitalized. I also got to taste my friend’s strawberry sundae. It was just out of this world. I was able to taste like I never was able to taste before. It seemed somewhat bizarre to me. I had lost my hearing so how can that affect my taste buds. Now at the end of my assignment, I paid close attention to the differences. The conclusion that I can come too is, that when we lose impairment, we begin to appreciate the ones that we have more. We see better taste better, touch better, and we smell better. I do not believe it’s because our senses become stronger, just that when we lose one; we begin to appreciate the ones we have more. As a result that is what happened to me. This course has taught me so much about me. It has taught me to appreciate what I do have and not to complain on what I do not have.
This was an extraordinary experimental learning. It will make me view people with impairments in a different light. It’s learning towards Therapeutic Recreation for me was incredible. I believe that people with different impairments should have access to fitness as well as other community activities. I am really glad I was enrolled in this stimulating course. To conclude my paper, I decided to add a table that I found on the degree of hearing impairment. I included this table because; I thought it was very interesting. After done the experiment I found myself in 30 to 50 decibels (dB) Moderate hearing loss. I placed myself in this category because within a few feet of the person trying to communicate to me I was able to understand very little but grasp some notion of the conversation. Many details were left out, and I had a difficult time communicating and accepting the disability. I really was glad to have had such learning, that I will be able to be pleased with myself and all five of my senses.
http://www.opi.state.mt.us DEGREE OF AUDITORY IMPAIRMENT
Below is a table, which explains the varying degrees of auditory impairment.
HEARING THRESHOLD LEVELEDUCATIONAL IMPLICATIONS
15 to 30 decibels (dB) Slight to Mild hearing lossMay have some difficulty understanding speech if faint or distant. The louder, voiced speech sounds (for example, vowel sounds) and b, n, d and other sounds that have vocal vibration are audible, but voiceless consonants (such as the, s)
may be missed. Will generally benefit from amplification. Speech will be important for communication
30 to 50 decibels (dB) Moderate hearing lossMust be within a few feet of the speaker to understand speech. Many speech sounds at a normal conversational level will be missed. Will benefit from amplification in most cases. Speech can be an important part of communication for some with this degree of loss.
50 to 70 decibels (dB) Severe hearing lossSpeech must be very loud and at very close range to be understood at all. Group conversations are difficult. Can hear loud environmental sounds. Amplification will likely be helpful. May benefit from non-speech language alternatives, such as sign language.
70 decibels (dB) or greater. Profound hearing loss Little reliance on hearing as primary channel for communication. Visual communication will be most beneficial. Will likely benefit from sign language, which may be combined with amplification to provide speech reading and to allow perception of rhythm patterns of speech and loud environmental sounds.
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Resources for people with Hearing Impairments in Montreal:
CHIP is located at the Mackay Centre, 3500 Decarie Blvd, Montreal, Quebec, H4A 3J5. (514) 482-0500 local 215, www.hearhear.org, email: emailprotected
The Raymond-Dewar Institute is located 3600 Berri St., Montreal, Quebec,
H2L 4G9. (514) 284-2581. www.raymond-dewar.qc.ca