The Beethoven Effect

Is anyone still interested in reading this blog? Due to major changes in both my professional and personal life, I’ve seriously neglected it, and I apologize for my laxness. Now that I’ve adjusted to my situation somewhat, I feel like writing again.

Let me begin the “rebirth” of my blog by telling how I stumbled upon a very effective method of upgrading from a semi-private hospital room to a private room, at no additional cost. If you are hard of hearing, you’ve got the necessary tools to do the same!

Sixteen years ago, I welcomed Super Hearing Boy into the world. He was delivered via C-section, and powerful drugs dulled the pain inherent with this major abdominal surgery. I vaguely remember being wheeled into a semi-private hospital room, and later that day another mom who had also recently given birth was assigned to my room. Family members eager to see my precious newborn visited while I drifted in and out of consciousness.

That night, shortly after I slipped into a drug-induced sleep, I felt someone grab my wrist.

Me (Momentarily forgetting where I was): “WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!”

Nurse: “Mmdghskdlfk”

Me (fumbling for the light switch, hearing aids, and eyeglasses and speaking in a loud voice): “LET ME TURN ON THE LIGHT AND GET MY GLASSES AND HEARING AIDS.”

(A minute later)

Nurse: I’m just taking your pulse.”

(Repeat scenario a few hours later)

When night turned into day, I woke up in a private room. Bewildered, I pressed the call button, and a nurse soon appeared.

Me: “Why have I been moved into this room? Is my baby alright?”

Nurse: “Your baby is fine.”

Me: “Why am I in this room?”

Nurse: “You woke your roommate every time the nurse checked your vitals last night, so we decided to give you a private room.”

Me: “Oh.”

And there you have it – solid evidence that there ARE benefits to having a hearing loss!


  1. Abbie Said:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Oh man, i’m in stitches! I was wondering if you fell off the face of the earth :) Welcome back toots :)

  2. Hoh Said:

    Aw, shucks! It’s good to be back!


  3. Laurie Said:

    I’m still reading your blog! This post was funny!

    I had a private room when I had to stay overnight after my last CI surgery. I tried to “buzz” the nurse several times during the middle of the night because I needed to go to the bathroom and couldn’t go unassisted. No one came or answered my calls for a long time. Finally I realized that they probably didn’t “get it” that I had my CI off and just had surgery on the other ear and couldn’t hear them talking to me. Sure enough, when I put my CI on and buzzed the nurse, I heard “mffghuttssfhh” over the speaker by my bed. And I had to remind them that I could not hear without my “ears” and that they needed to look at me face to face to talk to me!

    Private rooms are nice, though! Glad to see you posting again.

  4. Sonya Said:

    Welcome back! I’ve checked every day, been concerned for you. :-)

  5. Steve Said:

    Good to see you blogging again, Cindy. Like the new WP theme too.

    I’m still subscribed to your RSS feed so I don’t miss any posts!

  6. Dennis Said:

    I have been waiting for your return. I have been concerned for you.
    Welcome back, I love your words.

  7. Sarah Said:

    Hi Cindy,
    Glad you’re back. I missed you. That’s a good story – I will have to remember that!

  8. charcoalsilhouette Said:

    Wow, I thought you disappeared. I stumbled across your awesome blog a few days ago when I was searching for whether or not hearing aid batteries will still work after they’ve gone through the washer. Heads up? They didn’t. Anyway, I read your whole blog over the past few days, and have proceeded to share your stories with friends. I, too, use and easylinks, but mine’s for school. I was thinking of starting one of these blogs, as you have inspired me. I’m so glad you’re back, and i hope you’ll stay.

  9. I enjoyed this blog very much. Even though I probably will never give birth to a baby boy. :) Keep writing!

  10. dmsiggy Said:

    Hi Cindy,
    I’m happy to see your back at it- I enjoy your blog! please keep it up. I like your perspective. I dropped out of blogging around the same time you did and I’m back at it (hopefully for good)…i know how life can get really busy and make blogging difficult.

  11. Alifer Said:

    Hi Cindy:
    I just stumbled onto your blog and am sure glad I did. I am late deaf. Started out life with average hearing, became HOH in my 20s and found out I was slowly going deaf. Now I wear a Cochlear Implant which helps me to be HOH. I had recruitment with hearing aids, they gave me horrendous tinnitus and headaches, now that is gone.

    Okay really, enough about me. I enjoy your blog very much. I hope you have the time & energy to keep it up. My hearing husband and I are adopting a toddler so I especially appreciate stories about dealing with your family. But all of it is so true to my own experiences, I just say “write on!” Okay, really lousy pun. Thanks for your insights and good humor.

    Best, Alicia

  12. Karen Putz Said:

    Glad you’re back to blogging!

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