By Mary McCallister
T he articles in Hearing Loss Magazine are so inspiring. People are so brave
and adventurous about getting on with their lives, climbing mountains, getting
married with a hearing dog in attendance, and racing on their mountain bikes.
I’m wondering if they are all Type A people with outgoing personalities and
super charisma. Would my charismatic friends be any different if they suddenly
couldn’t hear, or would they be the same?
In Bar Harbor I bought a t-shirt, elbow length sleeves, one sleeve with
a little pocket, v-neck, in a very quiet light beige color. In Quincy Market in
Boston, I bought three more t-shirts because they were on sale, two a quiet
dark olive and one white. I’m wondering if I am changing colors because my
world is becoming a quieter place. Am I fading?
We were on a cruise, stopping at ports on the New England coast and I was
missing so much of the socializing that was taking place around me. Robert, my
partner, is adept at chiming in to his neighbors, strangers, and enjoying a joke
or some conversation while we wait in line, wait to be served, or tender back
and forth between the port and the ship. I expect that the heroes in the Hearing
Loss Magazine articles would be as friendly as anyone and somehow, would be
able to communicate and participate normally.
Mary McCallister and Robert Pogue
The ship seemed to be filled with people who were less fortunate, health
wise, than I am. We estimated that 80 percent of the passengers were over-
weight, and wondered how some of them could possibly fit in the small
showers and toilet rooms. There were lots of walkers and many, many wheel-
chairs. Few seemed fit and as for di