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"I am the voice, I will remain"

Published on 1/17/2017
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Reading IBO Associate, Bev Austin’s Press Release, “Music Threatened Her Life”, inspired me to write my story. It’s not as dramatic, but the fact that I love music and without modern technology, I would not be able to listen to music.

The story took me back to a time in my life where I had inner struggles of accepting my loss and the changes in my life because of it.

Not only do I enjoy listening to music, although not a professional, I also play the rhythm guitar, bass guitar, percussions and the harmonica. I have never had a music lesson in my life nor can I read music. Everything I play is by ear or sometimes by watching. At the time of my loss I was a member of a weekend band.

During my twenties, I started to occasionally experience what I thought was something like swimmers ear but without the swimming. Usually in one ear, it would be like I was in a vacuum and all sound was way off in the distance. Eventually it would go away and I would forget about it.

In my thirties, it started happening more than occasionally and both ears were experiencing the problem. In my forties it had progressed to most of the time. Then one day on the job, in the middle of an important meeting with upper management, I was giving a verbal report. Suddenly and without any warning, both of my ears shut down and my hearing was gone.

I wanted to stand up and scream, “Oh my God!”, but I didn’t. I instead remained calm and leaned over and wrote a quick note to a team member asking if she would finish my report for me. I gave her no explanation. In fact, I gave no explanation to anybody as I left the building and went straight to the hospital.


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There I had a hearing test and an ear examination. The lady then wrote down two words for me, Meniere’s-Disease. She explained that my hearing loss may be just temporary and may come back or it may never come back. There was no cure for it.

If it did come back, my hearing would fluctuate and I would need hearing aids that would do the same, but eventually there would be a complete loss of my hearing. My hearing did return, it was back when I woke up the next day.

That was twelve years ago and I have learned to live with it. Without the use of hearing aids, I am not ever sure that I understand what is being said. I have trouble on most phones and prefer email or chat or something like it to communicate.

Each night, as I get ready for bed, my world becomes silent because I remove the aids. I depend on someone to wake me up in case of a fire because I cannot hear the fire alarm.

I still have my love of music; appreciative that I can still hear it. I am able to play my instruments and I can figure out how to play new songs when needed. But most of all, I enjoy listening to the granddaughters play and talk to one another.

I love to hear the sound of their laughter and I make a point to memorize that the most, so that if the day should come that I can no longer hear the sound of music, I will still at least, have those memories of their laughter.


Listening to Music Threatened Her Life

By Bev Austin


Celtic Woman - The Voice

“Bring me your peace and my wounds they will heal”


"I am the voice in the wind and the pouring rain
 I am the voice of your hunger and pain
 I am the voice that always is calling you
 I am the voice, I will remain"


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