Pat Moffat discusses her hearing problems
Resource Type: Audio | Posted on 12th September 2011 by Liam Physick
Pat Moffat explains why she remembers the smells of the Edge Lane market and the flowers so well: she was deaf. She remembers a bus conductor who whistled frequently, and was popular with his passengers as a consequence, but she could never hear him
Interviewee: Pat Moffat
Interviewee Gender: Female
Pat: You see, I had no hearing . . .
Pat: . . . so I remember . . .
Jenny: More . . .
Pat: . . . smells . . .
Pat: . . . and vibrations, more than I remember sound . . . who was it, somebody was saying there is a bus conductor that used to whistle like some man from years ago, but it, he, he, he was always pitch perfect, I never, ever heard him. Iâ€™d see people singing along, while he was whistling, you know, when theyâ€™d be sat facing you on the old buses, not so much the new ones, but he was a bus conductor, and it, heâ€™d sometimes be on the number six going up to Edge Lane, up into Broadgreen, or heâ€™d sometimes be on the number four, that came up, up here . . .
Pat: . . . that went to Woolton . . .
Jenny: Oh, yeah.
Pat: . . . and, heâ€™d, he, he was an entertainer (Jenny laughs), people used to love getting . . .
Pat: . Yeah, yeah, but I could never hear him, you know . . .
Pat: . . . and there was one time, I remember him getting over to me hand, and trying to whistle and I could feel his breathe, but I couldnâ€™t imagine what a whistle was like, nobody could describe a whistle to me, you know, it was a noise you made with your mouth and . . .
Jenny: Yeah, yeah.
Pat: . . . everything was a noise with your mouth, speaking was a noise with your mouth, so I never actually heard whistling . . . I was what, about 15, before I could hear whistling? And then, I lost my hearing again then . . .
Jenny: Oh, yeah.
Pat: . . . it started going, hit the 30s and I went back to being profoundly deaf . . . but the smells, oh, I can remember the smells.
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