My commute home from work involves the London underground which is normally just fine…But today there was an incident which reminded me of how much I rely on my beloved hearing aid.
After getting off the tube at Euston I was surprised to be stuck in a crowd on the platform waiting to get on the escalator to the main station. More tubes came and went, more and more people joined this ever-growing crowd. I hadn’t moved barely an inch and as a tiny person in a huge people-jam, I was getting scared someone might knock off my hearing aid, so I took off and put it away safely! (I should mention that my bone anchored hearing aid clips on to a screw on my head and is easily knocked off)
But then all of a sudden everyone literally jumped up and turned around and I stood there with 100 people pushing past me, thinking “what the f**k is happening”? I was about ask someone but he brushed me off in the rush… but then luckily the second lady I asked explained that a Transport for London staff member said there was another way out and we had to go that way.
I did not see this staff member and more importantly I did not hear them either. It may sound silly but I was actually scared for a spilt second when I couldn’t hear anything and didn’t know what was happening. Deafness is not something you can see, so please just look out for those around you.