Hi, GT! (Hi, Dr. Nick!)

I like to describe myself as a Cute Deaf Lady, although I was born with perfect hearing. I was somewhere in my mid-20s when I realized that I was saying "...what?" A LOT. Or, I would answer to what I heard, whether or not that had anything whatsoever to do with what was actually said. After a number of misunderstandings and a drinking game based on What MadPiglet Thought You Said, I decided to get my hearing tested.

Hoooooooo boy. It was bad bad bad. The doctor recommended hearing aids but at the time I was 26 years old and not interested in hearing that (heh). So I didn't do anything about it, except to explain to people that I Cannot Hear, So Good Luck With That. I learned to read lips, which is a great party trick and makes televised sports way more fun.

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Then I got knocked up. Decided it would be best if I could hear the baby, so I was re-tested at age 31 and things had gotten worse, so I got the hearing aids. I wept as they charged $6000 to my credit card because for whatever reason, hearing aids aren't normally covered by any insurance, which... ugh.

Now I'm 38 and I just got new hearing aids, which have changed my life. I'm still in a major period of adjustment but I can hear things I didn't think I'd ever be able to hear again, so that's both nice and annoying because the world is a beeping, squeaky place.

Anyway, I'm curious if there are any other of My Peeps out there and I'm especially curious as to what it is that you do for a job. I have been out of the workforce for over 7 years now, but it's not like I have a career to go back to. I was a Professional Temp, specializing in fast and accurate data entry. In this economy, the demand for such services is low, which is why I'm working part-time for a retail start-up. I'll likely stay there until they can afford to give me more hours/money but if I did need to go get a "real job" I have no idea what I would even be able to do. Anything entry-level or temp-level would likely require phones (nope) or similar and I just Don't Do Phones.

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Eventually, I'm going back to school to finish my Useless Degree and then think about grad school or similar, but in the meantime, I'm curious about other folks.