A huge part of the pageant industry involves how each delegate plans to make the world a better place. This is called our platform, on which we educate ourselves relentlessly so that we can spread the empowerment nation-wide. I would like to raise awareness for hearing loss because I suffer from it myself and it has put up many barriers in my life that I would like to educate people about. My goal is for people to understand that hearing loss can be very stressful and we deserve the same recognition as any other disorder.
The story of how I got hearing loss begins in July of 2016. My friends and I drove 40 minutes to a bridge where there was a lake and a rope swing that went from the top of a cliff to the lake. When I tried the rope swing, I let go too late and I lost control- next thing I knew I was underwater and tirelessly kicking to get back up for air. The experience was all fun and games- until the next week came by.
I woke up one morning with extreme ear pain and blood from my ear, so I went to get it checked. The doctor said I had ruptured my ear drum and there was a raging infection. At first I was confused why this would have happened. Then, I remembered that the pressure underwater changes drastically as you go deeper and that going too deep can cause a ruptured ear drum! After 3 weeks of antibiotics, the infection only got worse. In fact, it spread to my face leaving the left side paralyzed and unable to move. The infection had also spread to my mastoid air cells (responsible for hearing) which made it hard for me to hear. For the first couple days that I was admitted into the hospital, my ear was so infected and bloody that the doctors couldn’t see my eardrum when using their otoscope (instrument for viewing ears).
One day, a doctor had the solution to put a tube in the hole in my eardrum to allow the fluid from the inner ear to drain out. I was put under anaesthesia for this operation because the ear drum is very sensitive. A few days passed in the hospital and I was still having bad pains, so the doctor checked my ear to see what was wrong. He saw that the tube was out of place so he decided to fix the positioning of the tube. He got the tube out and put another tube in- this means that he was doing a procedure on me that I should be under anaethesia for. A couple minutes later he told us that the tube fell through the hole in my eardrum and into my inner ear. Having the tube in my ear posed more problems because foreign objects are prone to gaining bad bacteria. I was sent home and I later became a patient at SickKids where I got another surgery to remove the tube.
That is my story on how I got hearing loss. I spent a total of 5 days in the hospital in Sudbury and took 4 visits to SickKids Hospital. The purpose of telling my story is so everybody understands how passionate I am about advocating on hearing loss. I also have exciting plans coming up as I partner with the Canadian Hearing Society! Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, I promise to never make this long of a post again! 😉