It’s been a year already since I last posted here. Hard to believe! A lot has happened since then with work and life.
Before I got my cochlear implants, and relied solely on a hearing aid, my vision and hearing were about equal. With no hearing or vision on my right side, awareness of my surroundings were pretty limited. I promise that I wasn’t ignoring you…most of the time.
Now with bilateral implants, my hearing is exponentially greater than my vision. I’m extremely near sighted. I can see anything, but it has to be really close up. I can hear from across a room or street, but can’t see who is talking to me until I get right up to the person.
Not only that, but I live and work around a lot more people than I have in the past.
I’m so grateful to be more aware that people are speaking to me, but it can make for awkward social interactions.
So, hopefully as I get used to this new reality so to speak, I’ll learn how to rely more on verbal, rather than visual cues.
In other news, I’ve been working on several accessibility and universal design projects this year. This topic is picking up steam in the library world, so I hope there will be more awareness, education, and project implementation in the years to come.