YRAMA NIÑO was born in November 29, 1957, in a big family of 10 children, in the oil-rich state of Zulia, Venezuela. After graduating from school she went to college and became a Spanish language teacher, eventually managing to become the principal of the Hilario Cabrera High School in Maracay, Venezuela. She also got married with her childhood friend and had 3 children with him. In 2004 she started having hearing problems in her right ear, and now she has problem hearing.
When did you realize that you were losing your hearing?
It wasn’t a sudden thing. I’ve always been a little hard of hearing, but when I became Assistant Principal I started to notice that I had to ask my colleagues to repeat themselves during our staff meetings. Before that I didn’t have too many issues when I was teaching my classes. Sometimes I didn’t hear one of my students, but they were mostly the ones who were in the back of the classroom.
How much can you hear from your right ear?
I can still hear a person talking next to me if he is close and there’s no other background noises around. But I can’t hear music or people speaking softly.
What did the Doctor tell you about it?
He told me that it was normal. That I was getting older and it was only natural that these things would happen. He also told me that it was likely that I would experience dizziness, disorientation, and loss of balance from time to time, but that those symptoms can be controlled with medication.
Have you experienced any symptoms?
Sometimes I’ve felt dizzy while I’m cleaning the house, but it has never been too much of a problem for me. It’s never been so bad that I’ve lost my balanced and stumbled with the furniture.
What would you say to people who are starting to lose their hearing?
I’d tell them to go see a doctor as soon as possible. There’s a lot of medication and even earplugs that can help them gain back some of their hearing.
Completely Silly Random Questions:
If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it?
I’ve always wanted to travel the world, but I’m scared of airplanes and boats. But if I had that kind of money maybe I could travel by car or train stopping anytime I wanted to eat and sleep.
What’s the funniest thing that has happened to you since your hearing problems started?
I’m a right handed, so I always pick the phone with my right hand. For some reason every time my phone ranged I forgot that I couldn’t listen with my right ear, so it took a couple of minutes of me and the caller screaming at each other before I remembered to put my phone over my left ear.
Have you ever pretended that you didn’t heard somebody?
Yes! (laughs) I used to do it all the time to my secretary when I was the high school principal. It cracked me up to make her, and others who came to my office, knock two, three, four times, before I told them to come in.
What superpower would you like to have?
I don’t know. Maybe time traveling. I would like to see how the past and the future look like.
Would you rather have an incredible hearing ability, or be capable of reading minds?
That’s tricky. Um…it’s probably best to have a super ear, because that way you can find a lot of useful things about other people without being overwhelmed by their personal thoughts.
The ten questions Lipton asks are:
What is your favorite word?
Love. Love is the most important thing we have in this world, whether it’s the love for God, our family, friends, our country, it’s the most valuable thing we’ll ever feel in this life.
What is your least favorite word?
I’ve always believed that I can do whatever I set my mind to, which is why “no” has never been a part of my vocabulary.
What turns you on?
In a man? It would have to be good manners and self-assurance. I love men who put their family first and who have their priorities straight.
What turns you off?
Selfishness. People today are less considerate than they were when I was growing up. Back then we didn’t have as many things as we do now, but people then cared for each others, even for strangers, more than today.
What sound or noise do you love?
I like our family’s noisy gathering reunions, even if sometimes it feels like it’s too much for my ear.
What sound or noise do you hate?
The cock a doodle doo roosters made in my house when I was a child.
What is your favorite curse word?
I don’t like curse words. Language is a beautiful gift from God. I wish people spoke properly, instead of misusing it all the time.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
I love to sing. I would’ve love to be a great singer like Rocio Durcal or Ana Gabriel.
What profession would you not like to do?
Mechanic. My husband is a mechanic and I can’t stand the smell of oil and gasoline in his hands.
If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?
I don’t know. I think that I would just be so excited of getting to see my mom, dad, grandparents, and be back with all those people who I loved so much, and who made my childhood so happy.