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I’ve always been terrified of losing my hearing – but when it happened, I craved silence – The Guardian

Most people assume that when you go deaf the world gradually gets turned down. The reality is anything but

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Since childhood I feared losing my hearing. I imagined that it would feel like being dragged down by an undertow. A violent, terrible force that I would have to resist with arms and legs kicking. And if submerged, my body would be cut off from sound.
My fear came from a specific place: I was born profoundly deaf in my left ear. Logically, I reasoned, that I was one ear closer to complete hearing loss. This rationale was reinforced by doctors and audiologists. At each check-up they would say, Fiona,…

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