I gave myself a rare treat of a latte at Starbuck’s~ and I went in unaided (get it? No hearing aids There was a lot going on there. I can almost hear the clanging of the coffee pressers, noise of the steam, people ordering~ and so on.
I ordered my drink in silence. I know I have the tendency to talk really loudly when I don’t have my processors on~ I feel the need to feel the vibrations in my chest when I can’t hear myself at all~ if I talk softly, I can’t feel the vibration~ whereas if I talk loudly, I can feel it reverberating all over my chest~ and that is the feeling I like to have. So, I couldn’t help but wonder if I was shouting~ because I certainly was feeling the vibrations.
I stood near the pick up table to know when my drink is ready~ as I was waiting, one of the baristas suddenly looked at me and said, “Do you go to a Zumba class at 24 Hour Fitness?” Because, I was watching so intensely, I was able to catch someone talking to me~ and I responded back to her. She and I had a little chat about the class~ meanwhile, I wondered if I sounded different~ and then another worker asked me, “YOu go to 24 Hour Fitness? Oh, have you tried the yoga class? I just looooove it….” Then I found myself conversing with two other people solely by reading their lips. I found the whole thing somewhat funny~ and somewhat secretive~ they had NO idea that I couldn’t hear a word, let alone, I was reading their lips the whole time. For some reason, I found the whole situation quite funny.