By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
A 75 year-old Washington, DC resident who lost his hearing in a fall on Father’s Day, is thanking God for a miraculous restoration of hearing that occurred during the earthquake that rocked the region on Tuesday.
“He has a conductive loss, meaning that could be due to fluid or problems with the bones of the ear. And he has a nerve loss as well, so it’s a combined loss,” said Dr. Ross Fletcher, Chief of Staff at the Virginia Medical Center in Northwest D.C.
However, on Tuesday, while his four children were visiting, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake shook the area. When it was over, Valderzak sat up in bed and told his children, “You know, my hearing is back. I can hear everything, people in the hallway.”
He claimed that while the earthquake was shaking him around in his bed, something happened in his head and he could suddenly hear and talk again.
“Some people seem to be a little frightened by it, but he is delighted that this earthquake came along because soon after the event, he could hear everything in the room very clearly,” Dr. Ross said. “I think there is still some hearing loss if I test him informally. We do have the ability to look into audiograms and do it more formally.”
But Valderzak says he doesn’t care about what the tests may or may not say because he already knows what happened.
“To me, it was a miracle, a blessing from God up above,” he said. “Couldn’t ask for a better day.”
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