October 15, 2017. Funded in part by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program, and written by Chapter members, the large-print booklet “Pardon Me, What Did You Say? A Guide to Navigating in the Hard of Hearing World” is designed to help improve communications between hard of hearing seniors and their family, friends, and caregivers.
Artist Wayne Wright, whose cartoons are in The Journal Pioneer, volunteered his time and considerable artistic talent to illustrate the personal stories in the booklet, after Annie Lee MacDonald asked for his help.
How many of you can relate to this story from the booklet? ….Not long ago, my husband (AKA “my ears”) and I travelled by plane together. The so-called public announcements at the airport and on the plane are an exercise in frustration for me. When queried, my husband, who quietly reads while I fuss and fume, said “Ignore it. No one understands what they say on those announcements.”…..
Would you be embarrassed if this story from the booklet happened to you? ….. One time, at an airport hotel, I requested a wake-up call so I could catch an early morning flight. Unfortunately I slept in and didn’t hear the phone ringing. When I didn’t answer after several tries, the hotel staff came banging on the door. I didn’t hear that, either. Finally, they opened the door with a master key and woke me up. If I hadn’t let them know I was hard of hearing when I checked in, I don’t know what they would have done! Luckily, I made my plane connection on time!…
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© Daria Valkenburg