Originally Posted by GrendelQ
There's a broad range of perspectives on what it means to be deaf (or to be Deaf). I'm trying to determine what the definition of deaf means to you at this point in time.
Not that it's fixed, but I do have a pretty good sense of what it means to me, at this time -- and it's a bit different from your view. I respect the perspective you hold, despite holding a different one, but perhaps you might hold off a bit to understand more about how I see it before schooling me or telling me not to confuse meaning.
You may want to do a great deal more research on cochlear implants if you are under the impression that you will no longer be deaf (and I mean small D deaf) once you have your surgery.
There can be no dispute on the meaning of the word itself.it is someone without a sense of hearing. It is not a subjective word.
I do not consider myself deaf .. nor do I consider myself Deaf .. I have a reduced sense of hearing. The term deaf, as a word ,has a distinct meaning that is non ambiguous. it refers to someone without a sense of hearing.Due to the fact that almost no one has ZERO hearing , the line between deaf / not deaf is blurred. So we add in the term hard of hearing to cover the ambiguous section that can not semantically be correctly defined as deaf.
You can consider it what you will , it will not change the meaning of the word as defined by Webster.
I am hard of hearing , as I still have some sense of hearing , and hope to be less hard of hearing after the surgery ( If I even get it .. )