A week ago, I lost (temporarily?) my hearing in my right ear due to an ear infection. I have been to the doctor and today was the last day of a round of antibiotics. I did feel some pressure release today in my ear, but I still can't hear. This makes being an interpreter difficult. Last week was a struggle to hear the teachers as students continued to talk while the teacher was talking. Or tap their pencils repeatedly on the desk during class. Even the AC unit seemed to have it out for me this week. I came home every night, my brain exhausted with trying to hear and figure out what was being said all day long. I really thought I was doing better until today when we went to the grocery store, and the clerk kept asking me questions about how I wanted my groceries bagged. At one point I said that I had a bad cold and really couldn't hear very well, hoping she would take the hint and stop talking to me. Nope. The barrage of questions left me depressed and frustrated.