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Hello...I can't hear you!

 Growing up with a mom that was hard-of-hearing (they didn't call it hearing impaired back then) was sometimes challenging. I remember one day when I was a teenager, my friends and I wanted to go shopping at the mall. We went to my house so I could ask permission. When we got there, the two girls sat down in the living room and I went into the kitchen to talk to my mom.

I walked up to my Mom and said "MOM CAN I GO SHOPPING AT THE MALL WITH MY FRIENDS?" She said "Yes, just be careful". Cool, I was happy. But when I went to tell my friends, they both had this shocked look on their faces. I had no idea why. As we got into my friends car, they both looked at me and said "How come you yell at your mom? Doesn't she get mad?", I was totally confused by what they were talking about. I talked to her the way I always talk to her. They thought I had been disrespectful. Wow, where did that come from? Then I realized, they didn't know my mom couldn't hear, and that we had to talk loud so she could hear us, especially when she wasn't wearing her hearing aids. Once I explained that to them, they both laughed and seemed relieved that I wasn't being mean to my mom.

That got me to thinking, I wonder how many times I had been out with my mom and other people must have thought that I was an awful teen for talking to my mom loudly. They too probably didn't understand. What they didn't' know was I loved and respected my mom and would never hurt her intentionally, even as a teen.

Mom went home to be with Jesus 13 years ago, and now I no longer have to yell for her to hear me, because I know now she can hear me even when I whisper.

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  1. Lil Bit
    Lil Bit
    Great blog. Made me want to laugh and cry at the same time. Thanks for sharing it with us. Voted!
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    1. Lil Nana
      Lil Nana
      Thanks Lil Bit
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  2. Merced McGrath
    Really nice blog Audrey. Brought back lots of memories of mom, thank you.
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    1. Lil Nana
      Lil Nana
      Thanks, just had her on my mind today :)
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  3. Teresa Thomas
    Teresa Thomas
    Wow! A very heart throbbing of a blog. I remembered, when my mother had to do that to my grandfather because, he couldn't hear that well either. Will be vote #4.
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    1. Lil Nana
      Lil Nana
      Thanks Teresa
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  4. pftsusan
    pftsusan
    #7 Lovely blog. My father was hard at hearing and had to wear double hearing aids. Both my parents went to Jesus and are free of everything now.
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    1. Lil Nana
      Lil Nana
      Thanks pftsusan, both of mine are too
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  5. Barby Baldwin
    My Mom was also hard of hearing due to an injury she suffered while serving in the Navy during WWII. She was a gunnery instructor. She was there when the big guns were fired. We always had to repeat things to her. She finally got hearing aids after my Dad died in 1978. Its hard suffering from some degree of deafness. Anyway, thanks for the column LIl Nana.
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    1. Lil Nana
      Lil Nana
      Thanks Barby
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  6. Broken English
    Broken English
    Voted. Great blog, both amusing and poignant.
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    1. Lil Nana
      Lil Nana
      Thank you! Funny thing, I had to look up what poignant ment, lol
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  7. sweedly
    sweedly
    My husband was hard of hearing and so I had to speak very loud for him to hear me, because he could not hear my voice tones. My parents came for a visit and my mom hearing me shouting at my husband took me aside and sharply told me "how dare you speak to him in that manner," and that if she spoke to my dad like that he would leave her. I had a hard time explaining why he could not hear me, when he could hear her, and that he was not mad at me for doing so. Thou in later years it was very tiring to repeat everything 6-8 times before he heard me. Thank goodness he finally got a hearing aid. Great post.
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    1. Lil Nana
      Lil Nana
      Yes, I'm going thru that with my husband now, he had hearing aids for a while but then they started causing his vertigo so back to repeating again
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      1. Teresa Thomas
        Teresa Thomas
        Congratulations for reaching the top post on this blog. Excellent job there Audrey... Keep it up. You are doing a wonderful job on them. I guess, I got you started onto something, didn't I? I'm glad too.
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        1. Lil Nana
          Lil Nana
          Thaks Teresa
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