I often wonder what it is like for Elijah to wake up in the morning deaf and then put on his processors to all of the sounds in the world. Just recently, he has started putting on his processor, but not putting on the coil until he gets to the den. I guess he needs some time to wake up before the noise of the world intrudes. One morning, I put his coil on and said something to him...and he responded with "SH". I guess I was too loud.
I slowly wake up in the morning and ease into my day of noise. For Elijah it is dead silence to sound in just a millisecond. Some mornings, if he wakes before me, I'll find him watching TV or playing the Wii with no processors on. While at the beach, he is content to have his "ears" off and play in the sand or in the water. I am glad that he is comfortable with this silence. I wish he could tell me what it is like to just be DEAF one second and the next second be hearing. Is there any sound? Does his mind fill in the memory of sound for him when the processor is off?
I will most likely never know how this is for him. Maybe when he gets older he can explain it to me!
THE SHADDOX BOYS
Jacob and Elijah Shaddox are brothers. They live with their mom, Mary, who is the writer of this blog. Jacob is 19 and is now four inches taller than his mom! He also has ADHD and gorgeous red hair. He is a freshman at a technical college studying computer maintenance. Elijah is 15! He is in 9th grade and he is not in ROTC at his high school. He also had red hair, but it is lighter and not as thick as his brother's hair. He is hearing impaired(auditory neuropathy) and wears two cochlear implants. He also has tourette syndrome, ADHD, OCD and anxiety! Mary just started her 25th year as a teacher of the deaf. She is also in her last semester of graduate school to be a diagnostician! She will graduate in December of 2015!