When you put such intent focus on one person, where you’re just having a conversation, people don’t really think about it. You know, they’re just talking to someone. When I talk to someone,
I have to look at everything. Because, if I miss, if I can’t hear what they’re saying, and I miss a cue, like they start laughing, and I don’t start laughing, it’s going to be awkward. It’s a very focused thing, because I have to learn how to fill in things that I don’t hear. The factor of fatigue that you’ve got a student who is working very hard in that general education classroom to acquire knowledge, that can be a factor that adversely affects performance for a child with a hearing loss. To try to hear, that I have to hear through six classes a day to hear what the teachers and what other classmates are saying, so I have to hear that, and it takes a lot of energy, because I have to pay really close attention to that. It’s like, on Saturdays, I’m just sleeping in. It’s like, “I’m so exhausted.” It can be pretty, it can be really tiring. A lot of assumption, it’s just a lot of being tired, because your brain is working overtime, because every person you come encounter with you have that situation with. So it’s tiring.