I am still very deaf. It's going to take a while I think. The mechanics of hearing are broken in my left ear as the eardrum needs to heal before it can properly vibrate again. The other ear still is intermittently bunged up.
Periods of deafness have been quite common for me, the consequences of colds and stand alone ear infections. Water retention in pregnancy caused it too. I've been completely without hearing at times. The evening when I worked in the university bar when my world was completely silent was a bit of a laugh. I experimented with lip reading but loads of people ended up with the wrong drinks.
Being of a perky disposition, I treat periods of illness or temporary disability, both physical and mental, as learning for general life and for my profession as an occupational therapist. I think I'm better able to empathise as a consequence of of health hiccups. Maybe that's been their purpose. I wonder if I'm a more understanding person and therapist for them.