Originally Posted by Satine
I have been curious about if I am Deaf or HOH. I cannot hear without reading lips, but I speak. If I do hear it's usually just one word out of each sentence. So, I hope to hear the main word in that sentence that lets me clearly know what is being talked about. Ok sometimes it does not work, but most times it does. Although at my last hearing test it was noted my hearing loss is affecting my speech. Also hearing Aids will not help my hearing to make the cost worthwhile. This was said by the ENT who did my testing for disability.
You will not be Deaf [with a capital D] until you have had a cultural acceptance by other Deafs in your Deaf community. That usually doesn't happen until you have either fluent ASL or have done a lot that got you recognized with Deaf people.
You can be termed deaf [with a lowercase d] if you wish to seek enlightenment, learn ASL, making the transtition in accepting Deaf culture and its communities.
If you do not wish to associate yourself with Deaf culture in anyway, you are just hoh / oral / hearing to them.
To the medical world, you will always remain deaf/hearing impaired. (Grammar/capitalization rules also apply)