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I can't hear

Discussion in 'Personal' started by lardylady, Dec 17, 2015.

  1. lardylady

    lardylady Star commenter

    I have been off work for the last week with an awful ear infection. The pain has gone but I have very little hearing at the moment (having to use subtitles on TV etc). One to one, I can hear what someone is saying if they speak up. I am going to go back into work for the last day as I don't want to have to get a sick note to cover me for the holidays. I intend to chuck some word searches at the children (which I would do anyway on a breaking up day) and a range of craft-type activities. I will have my TA in with me all day so won't be on my own. I want to give my class some end of term treats etc as they are such a lovely class (Y2). I don't know how much i will be able to hear, though. Am I mad for considering going back? If I felt unwell I would get the sick note but I actually feel fine in myself now. Any thoughts? Coping strategies? Should I have posted this in a different forum?
  2. lilachardy

    lilachardy Star commenter

    Remember that deaf teachers cope every day.... I know they have the strategies in place, but you'll be fine.
    Tell the children why you've been away, and ask that they remember to be quiet so that you can hear individuals.
    No other advice really.
  3. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    We all understand. The overtheholiday sick-note business.

    It's the last day. It'll be fine. Smile. Nice classes are always good if you pull your sad face and say, "Mrs Lardy isn't feeling very well so I just know you are all going to be very nice to me today." Make a meal of it.

    Horrid classes are usually worse! ;)

    You have your TA. You're not mad. You're sensible.
  4. lizziescat

    lizziescat Star commenter

    I would probably have done the same even difficult classes in secondary used be sympathetic if I explained the situation (usually lost voice for me)
  5. lardylady

    lardylady Star commenter

    Good advice :) Don't know if I'll be able to hear the alarm clock in the morning although my cat usually sticks his bum in my face at around 6.30 so that should be okay.
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  6. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    It'd be a great day to break out the instruments!

    "Let's have a Christmas percussion-athon! Hurrah"

    Put some Buble on the whiteboard and let them play along! Your colleagues will love it too. ;)
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  7. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    Just avoid the classic mistake of making a whispered comment far too loud because you can't hear it properly yourself, especially opinions about pupils or SLT :)
  8. ninenotes

    ninenotes Senior commenter

    They'll love it a lot more if you forget Buble and give them AC/DC.

    Go on, they deserve it.
  9. lardylady

    lardylady Star commenter

    Am definitely going to raid the music cupboard first thing tomorrow!!
  10. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Jingle Bells. That'll go down a storm.

    Bang bang bang. Bang bang bang. Bang bang bang bang BANG!!!

    Also Slade. ALL RUDDY DAY!

    (And yes. I am shouting. So you can HEAR ME, DEAR!)
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  11. Sillow

    Sillow Lead commenter

    As a hearing impaired teacher I would say don't worry. I'm constantly asking my children to repeat themselves, even despite my aids. Ask your pupils to look at you when speaking and not to cover their mouths. Watch their lips closely and you'll pick up most of what they're saying.
  12. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Also it's the last day. Let's not pretend there's a lot of high-quality learning going on.
  13. Dragonlady30

    Dragonlady30 Star commenter

    I'm shocked at your attitude, GDL!!

    EVERY day, EVERY minute is a learning opportunity!!!

    (Yeah right!!! :D )
  14. coffeekid

    coffeekid Star commenter

    Ugh. Ear infections are awful - worse than a very bad headache. Get well soon.
  15. Dunteachin

    Dunteachin Star commenter

    I was on a hospital ward, today. Somebody thought it was a good idea to play loud Christmas music through a tinny CD player. I'm sure those sick patients just loved it. Not.
  16. cissy3

    cissy3 Star commenter

    @lardylady I hope you are getting the ear infection properly checked.

    Many years ago, I lost the hearing in one ear, and the doc treated me for an ear infection. As on this thread, people made light of it, but unfortunately my hearing didn't return.

    Some time later, when I was seen by a consultant, he said that the loss was permanent, but that if I'd seen him sooner, they could have saved it.

    How helpful was that! NOT! :confused:

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