hi FX and all, including suitemindcrime
sorry I am late FX in responding to your longer post/reply with ques. about my husband and his going to school....been really hectic here!
Hubby reads lips some and at the time his hearing loss was less profound, enough to affect his success at attendance w/o HA's. His major was CIS/programming and he's always been really bright with that, VERY techie, excellent mechanically, etc., and had a lot of experience with that prior to going to college so he was able to use that to help him. When I was diagnosed w/LD he and I had been going out for a few months. I went through Disabled Student Services to get diagnosis and told him about it. He was having some difficulty w/his other major and he ended up getting notetakers for that and later for some of his very advanced classes. His first job out of college, the employer purchased HA's for him so he could use phone. Since then he has also done security, network admin., etc. also can do electronics, some engineering things - says he woulda got degree in engineering had he been wiser.
am in my 30's and started losing my hearing a couple years ago now. My mother has hearing loss but she is in her 70's and hers seems to have started very recently. Had an aunt who was deaf but I don't know anything beyond that; I was born premature at 6 months and had lots of colds, have allergies etc. I had delayed speech and language issues.
I was somewhat familiar w/some aspects of Deaf community because in college I worked w/Deaf kids and staff in recreational Summer program and learned some ASL, took ASL class in college by hearing man.....but then graduated from school and went into Social Work. Used what little I knew on occasion w/clerks, etc., went to Deaf festival one time. About 4 or so years ago now I saw ad for ASL class posted at my health food co-op and emailed person and started learning ASL again. My teacher is Deaf. Have become more involved in Deaf community and have been to Deaf social. Husband and I use some home signs here and there but he is shy to sign in public, raised oral, no contact w/Deaf people. He was adopted. Has "Rubella
syndrome". Has some emotional bagged about childhood things.
My experience has been, that as I am open to learning ASL and see Deaf culture as quite significant, and don't perceive hearing or speech as being better, the reception from Deaf community here has been very positive.