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Jane Bates: Reflections on a loss of hearing

Jane Bates reflects on the debilitating effects of a loss of hearing, and feels thankful that she will likely recover

Jane Bates reflects on the debilitating effects of a loss of hearing, and feels thankful that she will likely recover

What? Pardon? Say that again? I’m getting fed up with asking people to repeat themselves.

The winter virus that has lingered on into spring has left me, like so many others, hard of hearing. It makes me feel excluded in a way I have never experienced before. In a crowded room I just get a muffled cacophony, not individual noises.

As Bella Bathurst says in her book Sound, about her own deafness, hearing gives us each other. Being unable to join in a conversation is dreadful, and this sensory loss has made me uneasy at work. Am I fit for practice?

When I was a student, much was made of our faculties being in tip-top condition, even to the extent

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