Today I was out cross-country skiing with ipod in just about full blast. (I listen mostly to music from when I was hearing or ambient elctroncia with little words.) It was a gorgeous but cold day and it was good to be out. I love the exercise and being out.
On the way I passed others who mouthed words. Sometimes I am amazed at what I ‘hear’ when I know I can’t hear. Part of is expectation. Most people are not going to stop and chat with me. I see their mouths form hello, hi or good morning and I can respond appropriately without removing my music.
A few weeks back I did have a girl stop and start talking to me. I had to pull out music, ask for a few repeats and then admit I was half deaf. She looked at me more at that point and I got what she said. She was embarrassed for being so slow and careful going down hill. I laughed and told her I was a big chicken too.
The funny thing about lip reading without hearing the voice is the more I try the harder it gets. I think I stress myself out. As long as I relax I seem to pick up more. At normal times I need people to face me when speaking. Watching the mouth form the sounds helps me a great deal with the noise I hear. So relax… right?