Hearing Aid Fun or was it? It’s exhausting getting earmolds…and it feels funny with stuff poured in your ear. He was a trooper, though! This was done about a year after he came home. We had no idea he was deaf, in one ear. See, Jude was considered trilingual when he came home. He could speak his tribal dialect, Amharic, and English. Jude was a master at reading lips, as well.
We discovered Jude was deaf when he had been home for a year. My mom calls on birthdays and she sings…loudly. I put the phone to Jude’s hear, however, he quickly switched it from one ear to the other. There was a blank stare, on my part, and I asked him what he was doing and he said: “I no hear out of that ear.”
I asked him to repeat himself three times. Literally, I had no comprehension of what he was saying. That phrase spurred us on to MANY hearing tests over the next year. Jude was a master of reading lips, so the people doing the testing had to cover their mouths when they spoke any words.
What a journey this has been!