I’m feeling exhausted right now and it is only 9:30 on a Friday evening. I’m exhausted because I had a heated discussion with a relative while trying to explain actions that I took because of my disability. It is difficult for people that do not have disabilities to try to understand what people with disabilities go through. My disability is not one that you can see and I have not had it long. I am hard of hearing. It’s only been a a few years when I started losing my hearing. I do not tell strangers that I am hard of hearing. They cannot see my hearing aids because I wear my hair over my ears so you cannot see them. I am not elderly and I did consider myself healthy until I started to lose my hearing. I found out it is due to an immune disorder, allergies, menopause and I hit my head on the kitchen counter.
I belong to the Hearing Loss Association and I just found the Deaf Advocacy Center in my area. I keep looking for resources because there must be other people like myself. What new hearing aids are there, what devices that make listening on the phone easier, what equipment that allows us to function better in the workplace? I’m seeking answers and a way to make a living that does not involve phone work but allows me to make a decent salary. I have skills, abilities and education and I am motivated to find work that is meaningful. I’m searching but right now I am going to go to bed. Goodnight!