I have a question. I was born hoh raised hearing. I'm learning asl and really want to get involved in the Deaf community because I feel I missed out as a kid. I asked my (hearing) asl prof if hoh can id as Deaf. She said no. So, can hoh id as deaf?
Well good job hearing professor. My suggestion is get a Deaf or HOH professors input. No matter how much hearing learn and try to engage in the Deaf Community… they will never really understand or be 100% considered apart of it. If that make sense.
It takes a while to identify as Deaf in Community but it really depends on each community. For me, even though I’ve been around d/Deaf/HoH people for a short while I am deaf little d because I’m not there yet for Deaf. But some say I do fit for Deaf because I am involved and apart of the community. I dont feel comfortable on that level so I still say HOH because it is my identify and really who I am. But I do know many HOH who identify as Deaf… I think it depends on how long and how much you engage in the Community. I mean for me… Once I engage more, become fluent in ASL more, get involved in events more (I do the best I can) and meet more people I could be identified as Deaf - if and when my community says so. But not for 3 months of going to events and engaging I would be considered Deaf. I think it more years.
But honestly, it really depends on how YOU feel and how YOU identify yourself. I use deaf and HoH interchangeably but feel more comfortable with HoH. I didnt getting involved until almost 2 years ago. I also like you grew up HOH and parents kept me to go mainstream schooling and use HAs, FM System and talking. Until 2-3 years ago I started learning ASL and learning about the Deaf Community.