I HAVE been stricken temporarily with deafness.
I am waiting to have my ears syringed and must have olive oil drops in my ears plugged with cotton wool.
I cannot hear noise or any loud sounds and spend most of my time in silence.
If my family shout to make me hear or touch me to attract attention I literally faint.
I feel nervous about the world outside because I cannot tell what people say or hear the sounds of traffic.
A few months ago, I did a collection in aid of the National Deaf Children’s Society.
I did this because I was asked to do and because I felt sorry for the children’s plight.
I can now understand the sense of isolation and bewilderment felt by these children in their anxiety and fear.
I can understand how severely their progress in life is blighted by their inability to hear.
Also they are cut off from so much love.
I should like to urge anyone to support the NDCS as they do wonderful work and 95% of their funding comes from the public alone.
I shall definitely do more collections.
Their number for anyone who is interested is 08707 742444.
Mrs Julie Dixon