verse: hearing

faintlyfreckled  asked:

Any tips/resources on writing a deaf or hearing impaired character?

Deaf:

  • I’m not too sure about current surgeries to correct this, but I’ve known a few kids (who would be around 16 to 22-years-old now) who were born deaf and now wear hearing aids. Most of them known how to lip read and know a bit of sign language too because there are certain circumstances in which they can’t wear the hearing aid (like in the water). Some of them carry around a lanyard with a small microphone attached to it which they give to teachers and professors so they don’t miss anything.
  • Find videos of deaf people speaking. I’m not really sure how to describe how it sounds, but there are differences in pronunciation among those who were born deaf and had no corrective surgery, those who had surgery, and those who went deaf a little later in childhood and beyond.
  • Those who are deaf in one year can speak fine and usually don’t know how to read lips or use sign language. However, if you speak on the side of their deaf ear, they probably won’t hear you. My shop class back in high school was completely deaf in one ear and with all the machines going, my fellow students and I had to stand right in front of him to get notice.
  • Being deaf doesn’t mean that person isn’t going to talk a lot. I’ve known deaf people who are quiet because that’s just in their nature and I’ve known deaf people who never stop talking.
  • If the deaf person does not have a hearing aid, characters will need to be in the habit of facing the deaf character directly while speaking.
  • It’s unlikely that anyone who is not a close family member (as in, living together), a long-term significant other (like being married), or a long-term friend will know enough sign language to communicate effectively. Some people might know simple phrases, but not enough to solely use that.
  • If the deaf person has a hearing aid, they may turn it off when angry at others if it fits their personality.
  • If the character is young, their deafness will probably affect their parents or guardians. Some won’t treat their child any different than a non-deaf child, but some will become overbearing and overprotective.
  • Younger children in school may have an interpreter or an aid, depending on the child’s skills with speaking, reading lips, or using sign language.
  • Deaf characters in school will often sit closer to the front of the classroom. This is not because they can’t hear in the back, but it’ll be easier to catch what someone is saying and they won’t have to ask for something to be repeated as often. If the character has the microphone, they can sit anywhere without problem (they can even hear something on another floor of the building if someone takes the microphone).
  • Some deaf people can’t speak at all, but are able to make sounds.
  • When writing sign language, just say: “(insert name) signed (insert phrase or action if needed).”
  • Deaf people don’t center their lives around their hearing (unless they’re a strong advocate for deaf people). All the deaf people I’ve known only ever mentioned their deafness if something was wrong with their hearing aid or if we had a substitute teacher.
  • American sign language has a different syntax than English. If you use that, do your research.
  • Unless someone is still learning how to read lips, they don’t need everyone to speak slowly or to exaggerate annunciation.  

Hearing impaired:

  • I’m hearing impaired and so is my father, and his father. My grandfather is in his 80’s, so obviously his hearing is not great. When talking to him, we have to speak loudly and clearly and we often have to repeat what we say. My father is a musician so he’s been around loud noises for the past thirty something years. This has really impacted his hearing, even though he wears earplugs during concerts and rehearsals. He can’t hear anything outside of the room he’s in unless it’s really loud, but if it’s a voice he’s hearing he won’t be able to make out the words.
  • There’s a sort of tolerance with sound that comes with being hearing impaired. The volume at which I listen to sound has gone way up and others often tell me it’s too loud when I hear it as mild. I’m also able to take what I hear as “gibberish” when someone talks too quietly and make words out of it.
  • A lot of hearing impaired people don’t like to admit it unless it’s convenient.
  • Depending on the severity, those who are hearing impaired might need a hearing aid, know how to read lips, or know a bit of sign language.
Other tips:
  • Find a deaf beta reader if you can. Ask for a critique on accuracy and for any other tips.

How Not to Write Disabled People

I’ve been wanting to post this for a while, but I know that I’m probably going to get a lot of negative feedback, so I’ve been putting it off. I’m sick of holding this in, so I’m finally going to say it.

I wish hearing people would learn/understand their place in the Deaf Community. 

I see hearing people overstepping their boundaries all the time, and its getting pretty annoying.

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I was born with unilateral hearing loss, which is when someone cannot hear well or at all in one of their ears. I have never been able to hear out of my right ear.

Obviously for me, this was normal. But that doesn’t mean that I always knew exactly what it meant.

I went to school just like any other hearing kid. I quickly figured out I was different from everyone else around me. Being that hard-of-hearing girl and just a shy quiet kid in general, I tried to hide my loss from everyone else, although doing this all the time was difficult.

When I was around 5, naturally I loved playing on the playground with my friends. But with being young and playing, the environment was always noisy. I wouldn’t always hear what my friends were saying. I would ask “what?” Again and again, though eventually I just gave up and pretended to know what they were talking about.

When I was in 4th grade, I was still pretty self-conscious about my hearing so no one really knew that I was different. My mom would pick me up after school sometimes. I would just be walking down the hallway reaching for the doors when my mother says “aren’t you going to say bye back?” Obviously this would throw me off guard. I would ask “why?” Or “to who?” Then she would tell me a kid was calling my name and saying bye to me. I was oblivious to this because I’m different. Later the next year I lost friends. All because I couldn’t hear them.

In 5th grade we took a camping trip with the class. It was really fun. One day we decided to just sit in the woods and play games. They called out ‘telephone’. I’m other words, it was a hearing/listening game. I begged to god to let the game go counter clockwise. Just my luck, it didn’t. I ended up having to awkwardly turn all the way around in order to hear what I would have to repeat. Everyone stared at me, wondering what the heck was wrong with me. Wondering what was going on in my head. I felt totally self-conscious and vulnerable.

In 6th grade we had a day that was just for playing games and being outside. There was one game where you had to put a blindfold on one person while the other would command him from a distance to get out of the obsticle course. Guess who had to sit out.

In 11th grade I was in choir and practicing for honors in a back room. A girl in show came in to get something then left after 2 minutes. Later on that week I heard from my friend the same girl was telling people I was tone deaf. This made me really mad. This was actually one of the years I wasn’t afraid of telling people I was hard-of-hearing so most people knew. This girl who was spreading the tone-deaf rumor never tried to help me or anything. I understand that it’s not likely she would know my status, but don’t judge people before you really know them. Seriously.

This year I’m completely comfortable with my unilateral hearing loss. You’re trying to talk to me? I’ll ask nicely for you to speak up or I’ll move myself to my good side. You’re my friend or close to me? I’ll tell you about my hearing loss and say you’ll probably need to tap me on the shoulder before you speak.

Heck, nowadays I laugh about my hearing. I went to an amazing concert with my mom and my boyfriend and a few other people. They said their ears were ringing. I said my ear was too.

My absolute favorite show is Switched at Birth. I know I’m not completely deaf or anything. But I can understand some of how things are for them. I’m also teaching myself sign language.

I know unilateral deafness isn’t a huge issue. But it’s part of my life and it effects mine everyday. About 600,000 people have it. I’m one of them. This is a part of my story.

When I tell people I’m studying to be a NZSL interpreter and they ask me “how do you know there’ll be a job for you at the end of that?

It’s like asking a shoe salesman whether he thinks there’s a future for that industry. There will always be people with feet who need shoe to put on said feet.

There will always be Deaf people who sign and who need to talk to hearing people who don’t.

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My ears are under 40 years old, but over 30. I’m not horribly surprised, though as an old tumblrite I’m entering my late twenties. How old are your ears?

Hearing!Verse: Misunderstanding

The rest of the Hearing!Verse can be found here. You can track this verse at Verse: Hearing. 

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Prompts

Anonymous asked you: Drunk!Blaine ;) 

thefreeexploringmind asked you: For Hearing!verse: Kurt starts ranting about something to Blaine, but he forgets Blaine can’t actually hear him.

Anonymous

asked you: can I prompt something more of Kurt with Blaine’s friends? because obviously Sebastian still doesn’t like Kurt and I would like to read more about it

Anonymous

asked you: their first fight?

Anonymous

asked you: can i prompt you to write about the conversation that kurt and blaine have after kurt’s conversation with sebastian at the party. like how does blaine respond when kurt brings up the doubts that sebastian made him think about. Set to coincide with the events in

Accepting

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Misunderstanding

From his spot in the center of the room, Blaine looks around, eyes seeking out Kurt’s. He’s been standing off to the side all night, aloof and completely too good for a silly high school party. Hell, Kurt’s too good for a silly high school boyfriend. He’s always a bit insecure around Kurt, but tonight is different. Ever since Kurt showed up wearing those skin tight black jeans and that blue silky button down that’s rolled up at the sleeves, Blaine’s had butterflies in his stomach. Tonight, he looks so much older and more mature than usual, making it seem like there was more than just a year between the two of them. 

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Noise

So I have always had a hard time with noises, if there is a rustle in the other room or a persistent beeping or someone is picking their nails it can literally make me see red so quickly and be unable to do anything but freak (either inside or out) until it stops. 

Today has been ROUGH. I am meant to be working from home and outside they have started digging the road up so there is the constant low sound of trucks with their engines running vibrating through the house. I cannot even tell you why this is the noise that makes me want to cry it makes me so angry and distracted and annoyed and upset but it does so so much. I have struggled to do anything today and have noticed myself getting more and more annoyed. 

What I find interesting is what “additude” mag online posted yesterday: 

“Why We Let the Whole World In

Many ADDers can’t screen out sensory input. Sometimes this is related to only one sensory realm, such as hearing. In fact, the phenomenon is called hyperacusis (amplified hearing), even when the disruption comes from another of the five senses. For example, the slightest sound in the house prevents falling asleep. ADDers have their worlds constantly disrupted by experiences of which the neurotypical is unaware.” This might not make it ok, but at least it gives it a reason.
Hearing!Verse Drabble: Defending

Hearing!verse prompt: Blaine’s first encounter with a homophobic and/or ableist person in NYC? Comforting!angry!Kurt?

This is not QUITE what anon asked for, but I hope it will do. 

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When Kurt’s agent forces him to make an appearance on the Today show to help promote his new show opening this weekend, he knows it’s going to be a mess. They have this new host, Hilary Greenleaf, interviewing him and from what he’s seen of her work, she’s nothing more than another blonde airhead that asks boring questions and makes ignorant comments. He knows for a fact that the only reason she has the job is because she’s blackmailing the producer. 

Still, Kurt is a professional and he can survive a fifteen minute interview with a smile on his face. He is an actor after all and he does have a show to promote, even if the first month of tickets are already sold out. 

Kurt doesn’t expect this interview to go viral overnight, but he’s never been great about maintaining his temper when it comes to protecting Blaine and his children. 

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Technology is amazing. 

And the look on this little boy’s face as he hears his dad for the first time is priceless.