Just for fun, I asked some of our bloggers at Deaf Insight to ask me their questions. I told them to make their questions purposely silly, but some are more serious. Here they are, in random order...
Deaf Insight Founder Monica Hood Asks Lipreading Mom...1. How do you effectively communicate with your children?
2. If your kids are ever being too loud do you ever take out your hearing aids so you can relax your ears?
Good questions, Monica! In response to your first question, I don't know if I communicate effectively with my kids. Let me ask my 8-year-old daughter's opinion. "Yes, because we can sign and lip read with her." My 12-year-old son's reply: "Yes. I don't know." My 5-year-old son was unavailable for comment at press time. :)
For the second question, I definitely would say yes. Usually, I go hearing aid-free on Saturday mornings when the kids watch Spongebob and squeal at the top of their lungs. But most of the time, I wear my hearing aids.
Deaf Insight Blogger Jeffrey Swartz Asks Lipreading Mom...
1. What sounds do you find annoying with your hearing aids?
2. Do you feel a deeper connection with your friends and family being deaf?
3. What is the next big step for Lipreading Mom now that you have completed a non-fiction book?
Jeffrey, I will tell you that, in answer to your first question, the sound of screaming through my hearing aids makes me cringe. As a mom of three little ones, I hear screaming all the time. Once, I had a faulty hearing aid that would automatically shut off every time my 5-year-old son screamed. To get him to stop the squealing, I told him that he needed to stop breaking my hearing aids! Of course, that piqued his interest, and his yelling turned into 50 questions of, "Mom, what happened to hearing aid? What wrong with it?"
As for question two, I do feel more connected to my lifelong friends. They accept me as I am, hearing loss or not. When I couldn't talk to them by phone, some friends took up text-messaging just so they could "talk" to me. As for family, my mom and dad have been wonderful. Mom still prefers talking by phone, and she is ever so patient with repeating herself three and four times. My husband and kids have learned patience as well. If my husband starts chatting with his back turned, he quickly realizes that I can't hear him when I don't respond back. It's a learning process, but he's stuck with me for almost 18 years and through the last 12 of my hearing loss...so it's all good.
Question three... Hmm, I need to think about that one. After writing my new book, Confessions of a Lip Reading Mom, I want to spend the next few months promoting it. Hopefully, by attending book signings and speaking events, I'll be able to sell a few copies. I want to continue promoting two causes on my LipreadingMom.com blog---Show Me Your Ears and Stop Hearing Loss Bullying. And I want to learn more about the skill of lipreading (speechreading) so that I can teach others.
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Shanna Groves was diagnosed with progressive hearing loss after the birth of her first child. She was 27. Raised in a hearing family, Shanna traces her hearing loss to a genetic loss on the paternal side of her family. She is mom to three young children, a published author, and speaker. Her books are featured at www.ShannaGroves.com. Shanna blogs about being a hard of hearing mom at http://LipreadingMom.com.