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CHAPTER 7: MISCELLANEOUS

 

This page covers:

Section 16 - Hobbies
Section 17 - Dancing
Section 18 - Bridge
Section 19 - Sport
Section 20 - Public Swimming Pools

 

Click on the links in the left hand column to see the other sections

 

Section 16 - Hobbies

1. Do not be afraid to get involved with people and hobbies, etc. I find that people speak to me more easily if I am engaged in a craft, and the more I am busy the more I forget my problem.

2. I’ve enrolled in an art for leisure class. The college has provided a loop system so I can follow what the tutor says and I’ve got a hobby now that I can do at home.

3. I go to a camera club. I find the people there very helpful about speaking so that I can follow and guest speakers are asked to bring a transcript of their talk.

4. A lot of deaf people said they enjoy doing hobbies on their own, e.g. fishing, gardening, crafts, etc.

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Section 17 - Dancing

1. I cannot hear the music as I am totally deaf, but I can feel the rhythm of the music through the floor. This enables me to dance as well as the next person.

2. When competing in Latin American Dance competitions I have a great difficulty in hearing the rhythm. In some Latin American dances you must start on the second beat which I cannot hear. I have a friend in the audience who mimes to the music 1,2,3,4 and that enables me to pick up on the second beat.

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Section 18 - Bridge

I use this card. The other players simply point to the number that is required and this cuts out misunderstandings completely. You can make your own or print a copy of this one. (You could make one for yourself by typing or writing by hand on the back of a Christmas card, etc.)

 

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Section 19 - Sport

1. When participating in any sport I ensure that the other players and particularly the referees and the umpires, etc, are aware of my problem in order that visual or touch signals can be given to me.

2. Some people prefer to play sports without their hearing aid(s) in as a ball hitting the head may damage the hearing aid and the sharp edges may cause injuries.

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Section 20 - Public swimming pools

Swimming pools are very noisy places because they are full of hard surfaces and water which reflect sound and make echoes. The following are what some deaf people have found helpful:

1. I take my hearing aid off as soon as I’ve paid for my ticket. I replace it as soon as I feel comfortable with it. (That’s often not until I get outside.)

2. Some people like to take their hearing aid off only when they’ve changed and are ready to go into the water. They leave their aids at the side of the pool in a waterproof bag. (Editors: Another idea might be to give them to the lifeguard to look after or tie the bag to his/her chair.)

3. I rely on lipreading.

4. Some people like to just swim and do not chat.

5. I still enjoy the baths despite the echoes and the screaming kids.

6. I explain to any companions that I cannot see or hear them as I cannot wear my glasses or my hearing aids.

7. I treated myself to a pair of prescription swimming goggles from my opticians. It’s great because now I can lipread in the swimming pool and I don’t crash into other swimmers because I can’t see or hear them.

8. Some people find it helpful to tell the lifeguards that they cannot hear. (The lifeguards sometimes shout or blow a whistle to signal the end of the session.)

 

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