Thursday, November 1, 2007

Hearing aids

My Japanese class begins everyday by listening to a dialogue over and over again until we can all repeat it. Because of my hearing loss, this is almost impossible for me to do. In desperation, two days ago, I finally started wearing my hearing aids, but it's still quite difficult. I think my brain is just not used to processing sounds in this way. I constantly get syllables mixed up and mispronounce things in ways that produce entirely different meanings than what I intend. The weirdest part of this phenomena is that my mouth often makes different sounds than the ones my brain and my ears think it's making, as I find out when I am constantly corrected.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Nate--
My experience is also that hearing aids are a large pain. I also find that they aid my hearing significantly and that they're more helpful as I use them more. I think my brain has to learn to interpret the information they provide it on unaccustomed channels.
Perseverance furthers.
Mike from Denman