And the verdict is….

The jury in the last post has officially returned a verdict: for today’s blog, let’s talk movies!

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Going to the movies.

For me, it is definitely a love/hate relationship. Love, because I love movies. A lot. They are amazing. Hate, because I have a history of difficulty with movies.

Let’s take this back to the years before 2010. The pre-cochlear implant years. Back then, the idea of going to the movies had absolutely no pull in my opinion. I would pay an average of $7.89 for a ticket (I Google’d it, mmkay?) to sit in a dark room with friends while I tried to comprehend whatever explosions/romance/mystery was unfolding on the screen. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Before the movie actually even started, I would already be exhausted from trying to listen to my friends in the semi darkened movie theater. The recessed lighting made lipreading all the more difficult, and before my cochlear implant, lipreading was not a luxury. It was a way of life. Anyways, I would be mentally done with the evening before the previews even started. Long story short, I was more of a let’s-grab-pizza-and-chill girl than a let’s-go-to-the-mall-and-go-to-that-movie-with-that-hot-guy kinda gal. Sorry, friends.

Nowadays (a whole four years later, I know), going to the movies is a pastime I enjoy (thank you cochlear implant — I love you).  I do not need to rely on lip reading at all, particularly with friends (whose voices and intonations I am well-adjusted to) so I am not exhausted by the time the movie starts. I am able to hear and understand the VAST majority of the movie. I will still never understand dramatic whispering scenes, though.

Stop that people.

Movie theaters are perhaps the only places where I can enjoy an entire movie without requiring closed captions, thanks to that awesome surround sound. If, however, I am having a movie night with friends and we are watching off a laptop or a television at regular volume, closed captioning is still where it is at. God bless Netlflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video for your closed captioning services. Apple/iTunes, really dudes . . . it is time to get with the program. Unfortunately, this also means I am less apt to enjoy a streamed movie, but that is a price I am willing to pay (no pun intended).

Truth be told, those who have hung out with me and watch movies with me always say that they, too, enjoyed  the closed captioning movie experience. Not only does closed captioning create moments of added comedy, such as

this,

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and this,

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and also this

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but it also helps even fully hearing people to catch parts of the movie they didn’t even know they missed! So, really, it is a win-win for all parties involved. Honestly, I think it would be so beneficial for movie theaters to show all their movies with captions, but alas.

Actually, today in my Chinese Art, Literature, and Culture class, we were shown a foreign movie, so naturally it was subtitled in English. However, the language of the film (Cantonese) is much faster than the English translations, so the captions were flashing by quickly. Thanks to my nineteen years of practice reading captions, I was one of the few people in the class who was able to read the captions quickly enough to understand the movie.

Well, actually . . .  I lied. I couldn’t understand the movie. I don’t even think the TAs understood the movie. However, not understanding had nothing to do with not being able to read the captions, and it had everything to do with the half-human characters, a flying monk, and some laughably overdramatic music. Score one for hearing impairments. Whodathunk this impairment would help me in a situation like this? I mean, yeah, Idathunkit, but now hopefully youdathunkit, too.

Long blog short, I love movies. We are friends. Don’t feel shy about inviting me to the movies. Thanks to my cochlear implant, it is a love-love relationship. I have come a long way since the pre-2010 years, and the high was worth the pain.

Oh my god, I didn’t just quote Taylor Swift.

No I didn’t. Shut up.

Sniffles, Stuffed, and Songs

ACHOO! Does anyone have a tissue?

I have been SO SICK for the past couple of days it is absolutely terrible. I have been sniffling (hence the first S) so much lately it doesn’t feel like there are enough tissues in the world to appease my nose. Thankfully for me, it is not that flu that has been spreading around the world, the one that sounds so dangerous! Get your flu shots, everbody! 

All my sniffling brings me to my second “S,” STUFFED! 

My right ear is totally CLOGGED! It’s not an ear infection, though. My eustachian tube is swollen from being sick and is sitting rather too comfortably on my inner ear. This is reeealllyyy messing with my ear drum’s ability to pick up sound. Hearing has been a nightmare lately. Honestly, it can feel like I’m not even wearing my hearing aid on my right ear sometimes. Speaking of right and left ears, does anyone else find it ironic that of course, the one ear I depend on for hearing is dysfunctional, but my left ear is just dandy? Hmph. 

Now, for the final “S,” SONGS! 

Did anyone watch the Grammys this weekend? What did you think? I thought that (mostly) everyone looked great on the red carpet, and that (mostly) everyone gave a great performance. The only real damper on the night for me was my own stupid television. The captions are ALWAYS behind for award shows. :/ I wonder who is in charge of captioning, and if it’s live captioning or pre-typed. I think it has to be live, solely because sometimes, the captioning just stops, out of a clear sky, for like, 2 minutes, and somehow, I picture a person listening so intently to a thank you speech that he or she forgets to type. I don’t know, just a theory. Of course, this is not the end of the world, my cochlear is still hard at work helping me hear the speeches without captions. One of these days, I will be able to watch an entire award show without any difficult. That is item 320984 on my bucket list. 🙂

Anywaysssss, hope you guys have a great VALENTINE’S DAY tomorrow! I don’t have a valentine, but I won’t let that stop me from consuming massive amounts of beautifully wrapped pink and red chocolates! YUM.

Cool News!

HEY GUYS!

So I was doing some postformal web surfing, and I came across a news story about Malala Yousufzazi. For those of you who don’t remember, Malala was shot in the head by the Taliban on a school bus back in October. She miraculously survived and was transported to a British Hospital. Malala was a huge advocate for girls’ rights and education in the Middle East, so her story of her perseverance and survival is inspiring. 

It gets better though. As of Saturday, Malala now has a COCHLEAR IMPLANT!

Apparently, the bullet did damage to her skull and her hearing in her left ear, and the only way to restore this hearing was via cochlear implant. To me, this story resonates because I associate the cochlear implant with perseverance, dedication, and determination. Malala clearly is never one to be silent about her beliefs and visions, and neither shall I. The fact that the cochlear implant is one of the tools to help her recover and get back to her platform makes me proud to be a cochlear implant recipient, not even in the political sense, though. I am proud because people that are fighters, like Malala, are able, and willing, to use the amazing cochlear implant technology to reach their dreams. Person by person, I believe cochlear implants will help recipients make a bigger impact on the world than they could have unaided. 

Who knows what a cochlear implant will do for the world next?

P.S.-I also found it very interesting that Malala got her implant at the same age that I did (age 15). I will be very interested in seeing how she adapts and acclimates to the implant.