When Gucci Makes Hearing Aids I’ll Be Deaf

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I am 42 years old. Tinnitus runs in my mother’s family. My mother has it; my uncles and aunts on her side have it; my grandmother had it for as long as I could remember. When I was in my mid-twenties, I began to notice my hearing deteriorating. Because this problem was in my family, my doctors monitored my progress. Early tests revealed that this problem wasn’t too severe. I resisted further hearing tests until my mid-thirties, when it became too much of a problem to ignore. At this point, I had a further hearing test and discovered I had lost enough high frequencies to be considered hearing impaired. I now have to wear an ugly National Health Service protuberance from my ear until I earn enough to afford a high tech Danish hearing aid that can sit in my ear (almost) invisibly.

So, am I deaf?
Original languageEnglish
TypeDiscussion paper
Media of outputToronto University Website
PublisherThe Bubble Chamber
Place of PublicationToronto, Canada
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jan 2011


  • deafness
  • ontology
  • disability
  • subjectivity
  • objectivity
  • philosophy


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