Educating others about hearing loss and deafness
I normally don’t discuss my hearing loss along other people behavior towards it to unfamiliar people such as this forum since this is new to me. Its just a thought on my mind. Recently I moved into this building where I live and I was getting acquainted with my next door neighbor. In our very first fully involved conversation we had, he inquired about my hearing loss and said ” How much loss do you have,” and I replied “About 70% in both ears.” He then followed with “Well, that’s pretty much Deaf isn’t it?” Onward I told him No since I don’t need sign language to communicate. I ignored it even though it bothered me a little, but I continue to be affable. We talked a little more and he then ended the conversation. From time to time I see him and there’s a distance. I’m ok with it. As I read more of the posts on this site and other sites, and I begin to wonder if you educate yourself immensely about the physiology and anatomy of the ears, you can turn a remark into a educational thought provoking conversation. This may in turn peak interests for hearing people to learn more about hearing loss as well as deafness. Just a thought.