Lipreading Mom has taken up a new hobby: sewing. It may be all the snow days lately have inspired this newfound passion for stitching pillows, aprons, and anything that a needle and thread can create. I’ve spent a lot of days at home, tending to these projects. Sewing is a calming hobby for me because I don’t have to worry about lipreading anyone or even wearing hearing aids.
So I decided to go hearing aid-free for a few days. Here is what happened.
I blamed lack of spare batteries.
When both hearing aids began to experience battery drain, I put off buying fresh batteries. The day both aids stopped working, I didn’t have a battery on me. I procrastinated going to the store because of all the sewing. There were so many stitching projects to complete. And I didn’t want to attempt reading the lips of a store casher I couldn’t hear.
My kids repeated themselves more.
Without hearing aids, I couldn’t make out their soft-spoken questions even with using my best lipreading skills. My daughter spent one day signing to me because I was likely to understand her hands better than her voice.
My husband repeated himself more.
Of course, he did have to compete with late-night sewing sessions when attempting to chat with me.
I spent more time by myself. With a needle.
That sounds bad, but I did. Isolating myself with sewing projects seemed easier than listening to my kids’ Mario games.
My hands began to hurt from that needle.
I did everything the old-fashioned way: by hand. No sewing machine for this Martha Stewart wannabe. I forgot to use thimbles on my fingers, and that sharp needle began to take skin with it.
My head hurt, too.
I like to hear my kids giggle over Mario games, and I like to have heart-to-heart chats with my husband. The more time I spent hearing aid-free, the less free I felt to engage with my family.
I just bought new hearing aid batteries. Tomorrow, I will wear my battery-operated ‘ears’ to church.
I’m taking a short break from that sewing needle.
Readers—Have you ever ditched your hearing aids? Why?