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Topic: Going Deaf

 

 


 

A YouTuber commented:

I had the best hearing aids when I lived in KY because of the insurance but then I moved to AZ and the hearing aids were more like amplifiers and everything was just so loud! I stopped wearing them. I have to look directly at a person to hear them. These mask are horrible for my hearing lol I don't bother watching any tv that doesn't have captions. It's all muddled to me. I am thinking I should start preparing myself for the future. But everyone I know is hearing and doesn't know sign language.
- Amanda

 

 

Response:


Amanda,
If you haven't already, you may wish to apply to the Vocational Rehabilitation program of the Arizona Department of Economic Security
See:
https://des.az.gov/services/employment/rehabilitation-services/vocational-rehabilitation


They can quite possibly provide funding for you to attend college, study ASL, and train for a new career that doesn't rely on being able to hear. They may even be able to help you purchase different or better hearing aids.

Going Deaf involves losing not just your hearing but also losing many of the relationships and activities that rely on being able to hear.

For those losing their hearing it is distressing to come to grips with the reality that eventually you will be to a significant extent cut off from your loved ones, friends, and associates by the fact that you can't hear them and most of them won't put in the effort to learn sign language to the extent necessary to have full, rich conversations.

 

Your options then become:

1. Do what you can to communicate with existing family, friends, and associates via texting, writing, pointing, simple gestures, and using technology to provide auto-generated transcriptions.

2. Make new friends and associates who have already put in the effort to learn sign language.

After learning enough sign language to hold a conversation -- do an online search for: "Deaf events near me"
If there are not many Deaf events or socials nearby -- some of your choices include:

1. Become an introvert and develop a love of reading and movies.

2. Develop a love of travel and get used to traveling in order to go to events where you can meet and interact with people with whom you can communicate freely in your new visual / gestural language.

3. Move to a city or location where there are greater numbers of Deaf people.

4. Use social media to meet and get to know other signers then use your phone, tablet, or buy a web-cam to start video-chatting with your new friends.
 



 

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