You just put your lips together…. and blow.
Can you whistle? If you can, well, can you hear?
Recently Sara tweeted that she was learning to whistle and this made me laugh as I can’t whistle either. My dad spent many hours trying to teach me. I could make a little noise, and a better one breathing in – but whistling a tune or even two notes one after the other? I could never do that and the whistly noise that I did manage to make was very inconsistent. Mind you I also had trouble with the whole notion of blowing my nose, and sneezing. I have a weird sneeze. Anyway apart from causing my dad to giggle, my whistling career never took off. I didn’t worry to much as my mum can’t whistle either. Mind you she’s deaf too. The men in my family whistled, obviously a manly task.
Sara has the same CI as I do, a different electrode but otherwise we are CI twins. She has a similar hearing loss to me too so the whistling comment piqued my interest. I tried whistling right there and then and discovered that by moving my lips slightly I could make different sounds. Without my CI of course there is no sound.
So, I’ve been thinking that perhaps I have never heard the really high noises such as whistling, or squeaks when scraping ice from the car, or fingernails on blackboards. It’s not a problem to me, I just wondered.