Friday, June 1, 2012
He's Always Been A Super Hero. Now He's Got New Powers. #SNRyan
Getting used to life with the FM system around here.
It's crazy. Crazy good.
For the past almost nine years, I've been in a constant state of hyper awareness of every little sound around me, and around Owen.
Because his hearing aids amplify EVERYTHING; cars driving by, a fan in the window, the dog barking, Bea's Leapster, the radio in the kitchen, more than one voice speaking. Any noise in Owen's proximity interferes with his access to spoken language.
When the FM is on, the wearer's voice cuts through all that noise and sends their words right into his head.
I'm in the process of retraining myself. I no longer assume that he's missing what I'm saying. My routine of finding him, getting his attention, reminding him to look at my face, speaking and signing as simply as I can to get my point across, and then verifying that he's understood is less necessary.
I'm in the kitchen and he is upstairs in his room. Supper is ready.
"Owen? Wash your hands and come down for supper ok?" In a normal speaking voice.
"I hear you!!! I'm coming!!!"
We're at the craft store. He's looking at coloring books. Bea and I are a few aisles away. It's time to leave.
"Owen? Pick a book. It's time to go." As if he were standing right next to me.
"I hear you! Ok Mom!!"
So. Fucking. Cool.
He's got superhuman hearing.
And he's super happy about it.
But he's still a Deaf kid at heart. Because when he's done. He's done.
"Mom? Time to turn off FM. I'm all done hearing today."
I fucking LOVE that he chooses to turn off. To go quiet.
And a little jealous.
How cool would that be? To turn down the volume on the world?
Would be fucking awesome.
Life can be too damn loud. It makes me cranky.
This morning; TV on, Owen playing his DS, I'm attempting a conversation with Al, and Bea's little voice never stops. Do five year olds ever stop talking? For a second? No they don't.
Ryan knows. And he bought me a present.
Good luck getting anything accomplished today ladies, what with thoughts of Ryan practicing tactile sign on you.
Check out Sunday and the gang and see what else Ryan is up to.