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Page 12 - The Issaquah Press, Wednesday, October 26, 1983 Peace and quiet, a specie ,i typewriter, and Parrice du Pont is in business despite handicaps by Rodi Shemeta Ludlum Of all the problems a nearly-deaf person has to live with, the very worst is noise. That, oddly enough, is the conclusion of Patrice du Pont, a Mountain Park resi- dent who has been struggling with a near-total hearing loss since 1977. Lip-reading and a powerful hearing aid have kept her in communication with others, but more and more, she is forced to remain in the quiet paneled study at home, where she is com- pleting a book about her han- dicap. The problem in her case is a medical phenomenon known as "recruitment," or an extreme sensitivity to noise caused by damage to her inner ear. In order to hear, she has to turn up her hearing aid, but in the pro- cess, can drive herself nearly out of her mind. "One time 1 was riding in the back seat of a car with several other people," she re- calls. "I turned up my hear- ing aid to hear what was be- ing said in the front seat and there was immediately un- bearable confusion." l'hc tlcariug aid l'eedback screeched ill hcl car. She heard not only the voices of the others but the hum of the car heater, the swoosh of passing 18-wheders and hiss of tires on the wet pavement. She quickly retreated into her world of silence. She recalls standing on a Seattle street corner as a bus went by and how it literally forced her back up against a wall, hands over her ears, fumbling with the hearing aid switch. On the infrequent oc- casions she drives her own car, she turns the aid off and becomes "an extremely de- fensive driver." Her forced retirement from the world has not been particularly easy for du Pont, a tall, perfectly-groomed former model and TV an- chor. But she has always been determined to get what she wants. When she left the University of Michigan in 1947 with her degree in English and speech, she boarded a train to New York with $50 in her pocket, deter- mined to be a model. She got a job with John Robert Powers right away. In later years, she hosted fashion and talk shows for KATV-TV in Portland, Oregon and later anchored a hall hour daily news show there called "Pat ti du Pont Reporting." Her hearing in her right ear had been a problem ever since a childhood ear infec- tion had been improperly treated. But one morning in 1977, she woke to find she could hear nothing at all. "1 looked out the window and I could see the sights -- the squirrel hopping out of the tree, the water coming down the stream, but I could hear no sound. I couldn't hear the light switch or the door slam. I ran around the house like 1 was crazy. 1 slammed the telephone receiver in my hand, figuring there had to be something wrong with it because 1 couldn't hear anyone on the other end." In one night, she lost all hearing in her left ear. In the meantime, rheumatoid ar- thritis began to set in her hands and her back was weakening from a degen- erative spine disease called osteoarthritis. She figured if she couldn't do anything else in the world, she could write even sitting in a wheelchair. A private consultant for the Washington State Depart- ment of Vocational Rehabilitation researched her problems with noise and the loss of flexibility in her fingers and found the best possible typewriter she could have would be an Olivetti ET 221. The keys could be tap- ped just lightly, made little noise and corrections could be made effortlessly on a small video screen before be- ing printed on paper. Du Pont could not afford the expensive machine and the state would not pay for it. Eventually, Karen Berg, a sales representative for Seat- tle Business Systems, manag- ed to get the special machine donated to du Pont. The pro- cess took two years and both du Pont and Berg were jubilant when it was finally delivered. At this point, she is as satisfied as she can be with her life. She meets in her home, now and then, with fellow writers from a" club called Eastside Writers to dis- cuss the ups and downs of putting words to paper. She is halfway through with her book entitled "Paths to Free- dom," detailing her ex- periences with hearing prob- lems and telling others with the same problem how to help themselves. It may be a quieter life than she used to live, but right now quiet is the one thing she needs most. Du Pont Interviews Jack Benny in 1964 during her stint as a TV reporter. P ts in Style Evelyn Cofflng'ls GROOMING & BATHING with T.L.C. I * All Breeds Dogs & Cats I Personalized Service i No Tranquilizers I 1295 N.W. 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Renton Village Shopping Center Loehmann's Plaza Hours" " ['-Il  ' Houri: , Dally 10"8, Set. 10-6, Sun. 12-5 Oallyg-9.$aLg.6,Sun. 12-5 I, OIET  Phone641.0240 Phone 226-3216 II FIRE DIST. l0 : COMMISSIONERS Patrlce du Pont in her study with a typewriter that doesn't aggravate her he aring# sensitive hands. Children's art sought for KOMO Christmas card KOMO Radio and Televi- be awarded in three age dress, phone number, age During the holiday season tries will be displ! s]on" are_jointly .... sponsoring a categories: six' years and and school, written" in" pencil", many of the 1983 contest an- throughout the c mu,_ contest for area children to younger, seven to nine years, The artwork should be  - design the 1983 holiday greet- and ten to twelve years, mailed, flat or rolled (not ,..-.... ing card that the Fisher Entries must be post- folded), to KOMO, 100 ........... aiK/:"il',''"' Broadcasting Stations will marked no later than Tugs- Fourth Avenue North, Seat- IN I5SP.GIUAH "t' send to clients and friends, day, November 15. tie, Washington 98109. ),'lJIt This is the second consecu- Designs must be drawn on A Blue Ribbon Panel of Since 1910 ". tive year for the contest that white, 8V2 by 11 inches, un- judges from community or- ['t' " initially netted 8,600designs. lined paper and may include ganizations will select" the --.,,am am.,,-,,,.,-.--.  m mmm Anyone twelve years of age colors from paints, crayons, three winners, who will be VTVr'T.TVa V 00trz or younger may enter the marking pens or colored pen- notified no later than Friday, d[i llhll[id[i,l,,li[l[i ill I[IVII competition. Prizes of $100 ells. On the baok side of the November 25, and an-  .... each for the winner, and the drawing, each entry must in- nounced on KOMO Radio Seafood* Poultry school he or she attends, will " elude the artists' name, ad- and TV. Choice Locker Beef Earle Soderman Don D. Janus As Fire Commissioners, we believe your safety and the safe- ty of your children is our most important responsibility. No other team of candidates comes close to our more than 50 years of com- bined fire service experience -- at all levels of activity. That's the best fire insurance policy you can get. Paid for by committees to re-elect Earle Sodcrlnan arid Do, D, Janus, ('halrpc;sons I (iral.c Kcpilcr and Ed Lewis. respectively. i , IIIIII J How would yoU like to be THIN fOR CHRISTMAS? You can do it... !' WHAT HAVE YOU GOT TO LOSE? How many pounds stand between you and your ideal weight? 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