Hi. Good question. It is different, depending on who you are around. I come from the hearing world. I have always had some hearing loss, but it wasn’t until my 40s & 50s, that my hearing loss became so profound. If they don’t know this, in public places, depending on their communication with me, I can get some strange looks. I probably didn’t hear what they said, and they look at me like I am crazy. 😂. Sometimes I find that I have to explain that I don’t hear well, or that I have a profound hearing loss. There are a few times I even show my hearing aids. Woah, that gets them. Then I am put into their disabled or whatever category.
I do not know sign language, but someday I plan to. Being from the hearing world, I never thought about it, or that it would ever be needed. Now, I do need it sometimes and so does my family.