BILLY

22, Guitar repairer

Hard of Hearing

 

I identify as being Hard of Hearing after being diagnosed with an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)  when I was 18 years old. I use one hearing aid which was fitted about 8 to 12 months after the brain injury. When I was first diagnosed I was in a very peculiar place, but I think that had a lot to do with other brain related complications as well. My struggle to accept my hearing loss mainly consisted of a monumentally holistic failure at university (where I was mainly studying music subjects). This was undoubtedly a life altering redefinition of perspective. Both horrific at the time; both extremely valuable in hindsight. 

I am interested in music as a neurological/whole body experience which I started to research after my injury. There have been many people help me accept my hearing loss. These include: Evelyn Glennie, Diana Deutsche, Jonah Lehrer, Oliver Sacks and many others I can't think of at this point. 

I am continuously grateful for my ability to maintain a deep sleep state throughout any audible debacle, tune out of stressful situations at work and not notice annoying alarms/machine noises (thank you tinnitus). I am also very grateful for my ability to empathise with people in crisis and hardship, and the list goes on...