Evelyn Glennie’s loss of hearing had been gradual. Her mother remembers noticing something was wrong when the eight-year-old Evelyn was waiting to play the piano. “They called her name and she didn’t move. I suddenly realised she hadn’t heard,” says Isabel Glennie. For quite a while Evelyn managed to conceal her growing deafness from friends and teachers. But by the time she was eleven her marks had deteriorated and her headmistress urged her parents to take her to specialist. It was then discovered that her hearing was severely impaired as a result of gradual nerve damage. They were advised that she should be fitted with hearing aids and sent to a school for the deaf. “Everything suddenly looked black,” says Evelyn.
Evelyn's deafness had started when she was young. It had gradually deteriorated as she aged. Her mother, Isabel Glennie, recalls that she called her daughter and she did not respond. That is when she realised that Evelyn had a problem with hearing. Evelyn was eight years old when this incident happened. The strong-willed Evelyn tried to hide it from her teachers and friends for another three years. When she was eleven, she started losing marks because of this problem and her headmistress forced her parents to take her to a doctor. It was discovered that her problem was due to a gradual nerve damage. She was advised to fit hearing aids in her ears and that she had to be sent to a special school for deaf children. The whole situation was very shocking and sorrowful for Evelyn.
Meanings of difficult words:
deterioratedbecome worse
blackdark and tragic
National Council of Educational Research and Training (2006). Beehive. Evelyn Glennie Listens to Sound without Hearing it- Deborah Cowley(pp. 17-20). Published at the Publication Division by the Secretary, National Council of Educational Research and Training, Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi.