Some friends and I were goofing off in the backyard today. We were playing a game of volleyball. At one point I heard a friend of mine say something as she ran after the volleyball.
It took a minute for me to realize what she was saying.
She was saying “got it! got it!”
Without lipreading her I was able to figure out what she had said.
Did I really understand what she had said only and only with the CI? No.
This is how I usually operate when lipreading: I think about the situation I’m in. I’m aware of my surroundings. I read the person’s body language. If I know the person, I think about their personality. Do I know the topic of the conversation?
This is how I was able to understand what my friend was saying without lipreading:
–fact: playing volleyball
–fact: different things a person may say when running after a ball (mine! I got it! got it, got it! it’s mine!, help!, it’s yours!, you! etc.)
–What I picked out with the CI: Someone yelling a 2 word phrase (that was repeated) that had a couple of those t/d/p/k sort of sounds somewhere in there.
And voila! A completed puzzle! No wonder it takes me a while to process information sometimes.
What surprised me about this was I didn’t even think about what I was doing. I didn’t make it a point to focus and listen. I just automatically did it.
Sometimes I feel communication is like a puzzle. Sometimes I get an easy puzzle and other times it’s one of those impossible 20,000 piece puzzles. At times it is frustrating but it can also be rewarding.