Associate Professor of English Daniel Schmidt’s essay, “Do I Hear What You Hear?” appears in the Fall 2012 issue of Hospital Drive, the literature and humanities journal of the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Hospital Drive publishes “. . . original literature and art on themes of health, illness, and healing.” Schmidt’s essay describes the experience of hearing himself singing through his hearing aids for the first time.
You see, Sunday was the first time I went to church with my new hearing aids—and it was awful. Wait a second—church wasn’t awful. It was quite lovely. Two baby boys, first cousins, were baptized in front of their moms and dads, grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts and uncles, and so on. No, just the singing was awful, and I don’t mean the “worship team” either. It was awful because what I heard when I sang was me singing.
The entire essay can be read here. Schmidt’s novel, Domestic Drafts, was published through lulu.com in January of this year.