Dissent Of The Day, Ctd

More

A reader writes:

In 1996 I was injured in a bicycling accident.  Because my helmet was not secured correctly, I suffered a skull fracture transverse to the cochlea of my left ear.  There is no treatment--not surgery, not a hearing aid--that can restore the hearing in that ear.  As a teacher, my work in the classroom has changed radically; for the first two years I thought I might have to change careers.  I have learned to compensate (for instance, the loud kids now go on my left, since I can still hear them, and students who want my attention need to give a visual signal, since stereolocation requires two functioning ears).

My doctor said (and I believe) that I am fortunate.  People in similar accidents have suffered brain damage that altered their lives more significantly than mine has been altered.

Wear the helmet, and fasten the damn chin strap correctly.
Jump to comments

2006-2011 archives for The Daily Dish, featuring Andrew Sullivan

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

What Is a City?

Cities are like nothing else on Earth.


Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

CrossFit Versus Yoga: Choose a Side

How a workout becomes a social identity

Video

Is Technology Making Us Better Storytellers?

The minds behind House of Cards and The Moth weigh in.

Video

A Short Film That Skewers Hollywood

A studio executive concocts an animated blockbuster. Who cares about the story?

Video

In Online Dating, Everyone's a Little Bit Racist

The co-founder of OKCupid shares findings from his analysis of millions of users' data.

Video

What Is a Sandwich?

We're overthinking sandwiches, so you don't have to.

Video

Let's Talk About Not Smoking

Why does smoking maintain its allure? James Hamblin seeks the wisdom of a cool person.

Writers

Up
Down