Yes I watched this yesterday, in some respects a difficult film to watch and hear. The sound design is brilliant and uncomfortable in making you viscerally hear what it sounds like to go deaf. Riz Ahmed was very impressive in the lead and the supporting cast all round were very good - george
Looking forward to this because I had a very similar experience.
I've played in bands since 1970 and gradually over the decades my hearing got worse.
In 2016 it was getting quite hard on stage and I had to have the loudest in-ears so I could hear my band.
I had all the tests and I was diagnosed with an hearing loss that wasn't due to loud music but a congenital problem which could be fixed with an operation called a stapedectomy.
December 2016 I was wearing ear plugs because it was now too loud
Ahmed was great but this really drags in the middle. Also we learn very little about Ruben but a lot about sound. The sound part held it together for me, that was fascinating and terrifying but the rest of the film was less good because Ruben is somewhat of an unknowable doucher, IMHO.
His hearing problem isn't like the one I had so when the deaf soundscape kicks in that was nothing like mine or what I heard.
Even hearing aids didn't make a lot of difference because they weren't loud enough.
In the ear the tiny little bone is called a Stape and it has to vibrate, mine didn't until you turned up the volume very loud.
On stage I had an amp to feed my in-ears and the Soundman had to turn my output up to 10 while the others had theirs on 2.
I had new Stapes fitted and a miracle happened.
watched last night, Mr Ahmed even slouchy walked like a Rock drummer, what a fantastic performance, And what an insight ? deafness is an unseen disability, this film really drove deep into the core of how to survive it? How Other people are very important in helping You get through it? I absolutely loved how the sound engineers tried to give us an impression? of what its like to lose a sense , that is a major part of your existence, and they made the movie for me. Oscar material all round in my opinion.
I think Riz Ahmed is so convincing in this, unlike quite a few younger actors he never seems like he’s ‘acting’ but rather his character feels like a real person, with real flaws and emotions. I also loved the fact that the film refused to sugar coat stuff.