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Silence at Starbucks

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.



About Amy Pogrebin Bremenstuhl

Life is noisy~ in a messy way. I thought I'd try writing about surviving the hearing world every day for 365 Days.

3 responses »

  1. I love having secret conversations with you….it comes in handy sometimes!! 🙂


  2. I loved doing this with you too! i still think you could get a job doing this. CIA or private eye. Its the coolest thing EVA.



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