Unsound

Life was becoming quieter.
Sounds that once were sharp
and clear are dulled and muddled.
These ears that had once been
sound were damaged by
an infection and quickly lost
their acuity. My place in the
world of the hearing has now
been diminished.

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  1. I am so sorry to read this Gayle, sending healing thoughts and love your way xxx

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  2. Oh Gayle. I am so sorry to read this and hope that perhaps the miracles of medicine and technology can assist you. Sound, sight, touch, taste, — our senses are so important to how we feel and see the world. Thinking of you….

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    • Thank you, Lill. I got hearing aids about 3 1/2 years ago and they have helped a lot. You learn to cope the best you can, right?

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  3. Loss of hearing is so very difficult, as is that of sight. One of the things I saw in nursing the elderly was the brutal effects of sensory deprivation and, oh boy, here we come. Your poem expressed that sense of quiet desperation and even acceptance.

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    • Yeah, here we come. Well, the fact that my problem isn’t caused by age but by two very painful ear infections (out of the blue, I might add!) was hard to come to terms with. Hearing aids are helping a lot. I’m very grateful for them. Thanks, Victoria!

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  4. I’m so sad to hear this Gayle… it’s expected that we will face challenges and changes of our senses, but not from infections… I hope there will be ways for it to return.

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    • I really felt like I should share this experience. It was hard to come to terms with but I’m managing much better with hearing aids now. Thank you, Bjorn, for your kindness.

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  5. I can empathize with your situation Gayle ~ Hope things will work out and you can adjust to your surroundings ~ Hugs to you ~

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  6. Yes, hugs to you, sweet friend. Life has its great challenges.

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  7. MAN, do I hope this isn’t autobiographical. I’m so sorry, if it is.

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    • It is, De. I felt the need to share this in hopes that others who suffer this will know they sure aren’t alone.

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  8. Some really nice line breaks here, that keep the movement of the poem going.

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  9. Powerful write in response to the prompt. True story? I’m hoping for a past happening that passed.

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    • It is true but has not passed. The use of hearing aids for the past three years or so have really helped…I’m grateful. Thanks, Paul.

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  10. A powerful piece, Gayle, simply and well written.

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  11. Touching story. Hopefully modern medicine can help.

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  12. So sorry to read about this, Gayle. My husband suffers from tinnitus and I know the difficulty he has following a conversation in a crowded environment. I have a friend with two hearing aids who has similar problems, although not just in crowds. I hope that modern technology can help.

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    • Thank you, Kim. Crowded noisy rooms are the worst or loud restaurants. I now wear two excellent hearing aids that are very helpful but not in every environment. My best to your husband and your friend who suffer this impairment.

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  13. Jericho

     /  May 22, 2017

    This happened to me years ago. I actually like it because it helps me blur back from reality a bit — a reality in which I am constantly surrounded by screaming children. 😛

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    • Thanks for sharing your story with me, Jericho, and I can see why you would want to “blur” your reality of screaming children. Yikes! 😀

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  14. Touching words from your personal perspective. As always, you captured the feelings you are experiencing so well. Hopefully, the medical advances will bring better prognosis and healing. Blessings to you, dear friend.
    Isadora 😎

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  15. Thanks for sharing – I hope your loss is not too severe.

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  16. I’m hoping this poem isn’t about you. I know you’re taking care of grand kids. Bless your little ears

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    • It is about me but I can hear those little rascals just fine! 😀 And thanks for that sweet blessing for my “little ears”…charming.

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  17. Hope you can find a way to regain some of the hearing loss, to be able to decipher the sounds you once did. At any rate, you did a wonderful job of describing this all-too-common loss.

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    • That would be great if I could. I felt compelled to speak about it…after all, it is an important aspect of who I am these days. Thank you, Linda. Peace…

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  18. Clearly a strong narrative that captures your readers – goes straight to the center of the onion.

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  19. Ah, your poem spoke to me! It rang true, and carried me along.

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  20. Great poem about an infliction that effects many people.

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  21. The lack of sound does change ones perspective. Hopefully, it won’t disrupt the natural order of balance.

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  22. Life does bring unexpected challenges. I like your mention of how perception of a physical loss can be gradual. Assuming this is about you I wish you all the best in adapting or recovering if possible.

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    • I appreciate your kind wishes for me, Janice. Like eyesight loss, hearing loss can be gradual and before you know it…it’s “what did you say?”

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      • Yes it can be confusing at first because you think perhaps it’s the sounds that are quiet rather than there being a difficulty with hearing ( I ‘ve seen this happen) Take care.

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  23. I can relate so well to this, Gayle. I am deaf in one ear from Meniere’s disease, and have a hearing aid in the other one.

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    • Thank you very much for sharing this with me, Sara. One of my sisters has Meniere’s disease. She has episodes of vertigo but no hearing loss that she can tell. I started wearing hearing aids about 3+ years ago and they have helped a lot except where there’s a lot of background noise. Your comment gave me a boost!

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  24. Beautifully simple and honest. Thankyou for sharing.

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  25. Anyone over 25 can no longer hear some sounds that young people can hear, or at least so I’ve been told by my children but they are rapidly reaching the age when they shouldn’t be able to hear these mysteries either.

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    • I’m sure that’s true. I went to a lot of concerts as an older teenager/young adult and many times was right up front standing near those huge amplifiers. I’m certain that my hearing was compromised by those experiences too!

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  26. I was recently diagnosed with early onset glaucoma and as you wait for tests and not knowing how much damage is done, just like a little kid (or a writer) you ask your companion, would your rather be deaf or blind (“rather” is a bad choice of word, but you get my drift)? Of course, I was told to write about it, which I haven’t done yet.
    Hopefully for all of us, events are gradual are not complete.
    Best wishes.

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  27. I like how you used ‘sound’ in different ways. Great poem about a difficult subject. Praise to whoever invented hearing aids! 🙂

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    • Thank you, Barbara…it is a difficult subject and yes, much gratitude for the inventor of hearing aids! 🙂

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  28. I can only imagine how scary the world would become for a time. Powerfully described, you really made me think.

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  29. I am saddened by this and I can only hope for the best for you, Gayle. 🙂

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  30. Hi Gayle. You touched a chord with this poem. My youngest also has diminished hearing, mostly in one ear and also due to repeated childhood infections and a blow from a frisbee. She’s had multiple tubes, but only a temporary fix. She also feels like her interactions with the world have been compromised. Her specialist said she’s not a candidate for hearing aids due to the nature of the problem. Wish you well on your journey. ❤

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    • Thank you for sharing your daughter’s story with me, Olga. My heart goes out to her and I hope that there will be some way to help her. My experience is that it has made me less inclined to engage in certain social situations where I know I’m going to struggle. It definitely has left me feeling more isolated. I wouldn’t wish this on a child who has enough struggles for fitting in with their peers. Wish you well on your journey too. ❤

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  31. sorry to read this but comforted that hearing can be aided. it unbalances when we loss and one of the senses. hoping all the adjustments will be smooth. lovely quadrille, love thw soft words that flow

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  32. sanaarizvi

     /  May 28, 2017

    I am so sorry to hear this, Gayle. Sending love and healing wishes your way.

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  33. oh my dear. i hope you’ll hear better soon. this is beautiful poetry, ❤

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