The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on April 30, 1986 · Page 27
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The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 27

Baytown, Texas
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Wednesday, April 30, 1986
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THE BAYTOWN SUN Wednesday, April 30, 19M Regained hearing puts woman back in touch with world MARION, Ind. (AP) - It came on gradually, almost as far back as I can remember. There were the terrible earaches as a child, the nights my dad sat up with me and rocked me so I wouldn't cry and keep the rest of the family awake. I had to wear a scarf on my head any time we were going to be riding in the car with the windows opened. The least bit of wind would trigger two or three days of agony. Swimming was out of the question. There were the weekly trips to the ear doctor, who took out my tonsil* and adenoids early on, thinking that would be the answer. It wasn't. There were more trips to the doctor and ear drops and aspirin and sleepless nights. The doctor said I would eventually grow out of the earaches. I didn't, but I got better at keeping them to myself, not letting on that I had to strain to hear in school. The hearing tests that the school nurse gave every so often indicated I had a slight loss and probably should sit near the front of the room so I could hear the teacher. The hearing world takes for granted a lot of things, Just like the seeing world and the walking world and all the others do who lead normal, healthy lives. You have to be there to know what it's like. I've only been deaf. But I can empathize with those who are blind or crippled. I found that when you don't respond to a question from across the room or laugh at a joke because you didn't hear the punch line, it is chalked up to snobbery, The doctor said the hearing loss would probably clear up with puberty, By the time I was about 20, the doctor who had treated me for years finally realized the problem was beyond his abilities. Another doctor, another theory, and still my hearing continued to decline. By then, the pain was almost constant, the hearing almost gone. A specialist at Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis finally found the caiiM: a cyst behind the eardrum that had grown unnoticed, probably from birth. After they removed the cyst, the pain was gone, but so was everything I needed to hear normally. But the prognosis was good, doctors told me. They said advances in microscopic surgery could restore my ability to hear. But after five operations, we found I was one of the 30 percent on whom the procedure would not work. I lived with it until about a month ago when, after yet another sophisticated hearing teat, the doctor and I concluded that what I needed war< some sort of artificial amplification'. The device was made specifically for me, and on the day it came in, I took off work all day. I wasn't sure how I was going to react. My vanity was showing ... How waslt going to look? Then, for the first time in I can't remember how long, I could hear what was going on outside the closed door of the room I was in. Mardi Gras paper towels are strong and absorbent 2-ply in assorted designs. Limit 8 rolls. 4-pack 17-oz. Dow disinfectant bathroom cleaner cleans and deodorizes. Won't scratch fiberglass surfaces. Quart Castrol 10W/40 or 20W/50 motor oH is engineered for smaller cars. Get it now for next oil change. Limit 24. Coronet Georgian bath tissue has 300 twin-ply tissues per roll. Stock up now at this extra-low Target price. Limit 8 packs. 1-gallon Ctorox liquid bleach removes stains, cleans and disinfects. For laundry and household cleaning. Save. 7.59 33-ct. Huggies large size disposable diapers for babies over 23 pounds. With elastic at legs, form fitting. 2 . $0 DagS W Reg. 2 for 4.58 7-lb. Fresh step cat litter freshens the litter box with every step. Absorbs liquids and controls odor. Each 2-IKer 7-Up in choice of regular or diet. No caffeine. Buy now and have plenty of this favorite on hand. 1.69 Each Favorite candy: choose 16-oz. Star- burst, 16-oz. Skittles, 14-oz. Goobers or 14-oz. Raisinets. Nine of our best selling items on sale only through Saturday, May 3 No commercial sales. Houston Almeda Mall-10,000 Kteckley Street East Houston-l-10, Federal Road Exit Fondren-West Bellfort and Fondren Road Greenspoint-Greens Road and Interstate 45, across from Greenspoint Mall Hedwig Village-9429 Katy Freeway Humbte-Highway59andnewF.M. 1960 Mission Bend-Highway 6 and Beltaire In PaviUton Village North Oaks-F.M. 1960 and Stuebner-Airline Road Pasadena-South Burke Road near Spencer Highway Sharpstown-Southwest Freeway at Bellaire South Central-7801 South Main South Loop East-At South Wayside Drive Steeplechase-10701 Jones Road West Bay Area Boutevard-Across froni the Baybrook Mall Westchase-Westheimer and Wttcrest Hours Weekdays 9:30 am to 10 pm Saturday 9 am to 10 pm Sunday noon to 7 pm

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