Why do people assume just because I voiced with my family/friends, that I would voice for the rest of my life or with everyone else around me?
Why do people assume just because I said one word, means I can voice throughout the rest of the conversation, while we’re signing. I’m not accommodating your needs. You need to accommodate mine. I have accommodated enough of your needs.
Why do people assume that because I communicate via paper/pen, voice off, signing I’m considered ‘stupid’ or ‘weird looking because of the hand flapping’? Some days ( a lot ) I don’t like voicing, it’s hard to so this and speak in “Hearing Voice Standard” its exhausting to do this.
Why do people assume once I explain to them I’m Deaf/HOH I need them to face me because I lipread… they think lipreading is a ‘superpower’? When in reality it’s not and 30% of most English words are read on the lips. Guessing Game anyone?
Why do people assume just because I can hear you when you’re near me… means I can hear you from across the room? Then you get annoyed that I’m ‘bullshitting’ my hearing loss, or because I ‘didn’t hear you for the 14th time’?
Why do people assume that just because I do have residue hearing, I can talk on the phone. I cannot, I have difficulties understanding speech.
Why do people assume that just because I wear HAs/CIs my hearing is on par with your hearing? When in reality, HAs/CIs don’t ‘cure deafness’. It just makes things a little more louder, more clearer - or so they say, and harder to understand people/speech.
Why do people assume that I don’t like being Deaf/HOH because of the ‘daily struggles/problems’? I’m actually very proud of being a Deaf person. I have a Community, Culture, Language, History and a group of people who DO understand the Deaf/HoH life.
I could honestly go on… just this past few days… Argh!