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Jose, can you see? By the Don’s early light ...

Yes, our dear Jose! Of misheard lyrics fame. From the days when our Hispanic brothers and sisters were more appreciated than they are in these days of conservative discrimination, denigration and hatred.

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I was thinking of that today relative to another sense, the sense of hearing. Hearing has been the biggest lingering issue from the terrible bicycle crash I experienced in February of last year. I fractured my hip socket, broke my clavicle and scapula, had a skull fracture, to go with lots of bruises and road rash ... but the lingering problem is that the skull fracture seriously damaged the hearing in my right ear. From age 3 most of my effective hearing was in my right ear, as infections in the left ear had robbed my of hearing in that ear (audiologists rate the hearing loss at 90%. So to lose the reliability of decent hearing in the right ear has been a blow. That hearing is still much better than the hearing in my left ear, but it has been compromised to the extent that I do not feel safe riding my bicycle on public roads, because I cannot hear well enough to know about dangers that provide auditory cues.

Originally, the doctors felt that my hearing could be surgically repaired. Subsequent testing has determined that the hearing loss is permanent, so my only recourse was to order a hearing aid. It couldn’t be just ANY hearing aid. I needed for it to be somewhat resistant to loud wind noise (such as one might encounter riding a bike at high speeds against prevailing winds). It also needed to be resistant to moisture. It isn’t possible to ride a bike in a South Carolina summer without ... generating some moisture. The hearing aid would need to be able to accommodate that perspiration, and perhaps even some light rain. (Of course, in heavy rain the device would be removed and stored in a sealed bag, that’ understood.)

Well, today my hearing aid arrived! Just in time for spring! So this is the first diary I have ever done on Daily Kos with my new hearing capability! Jose can you hear? (That’s the tie-in. Never thought I’d get back to that, did you!)

And let me tell you, you guys SOUND great tonight!

On to tonight’s comments! (And thank you for visiting!)

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I really enjoyed this three comment exchange (beginning with this comment) between commonmass and UTvoter!

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