I agree it's a disability in *some* situations and eliminates one form certain occupations/activities. But I think the key is to *adapt* and find ways to pursue our dreams and goals at the same time. Just because of being Deaf or HOH doesn't mean we should just give and stay home and never go out the door. I think, too, it's important not to put ourselves down like some in the hearing world might, but to love and care for and respect ourselves. And expect it of others as well as offer it to others. And have the confidence to ask for what we need as far as accommodation.
"We deem those happy who from the experience of life have learnt to bear its ills without being overcome by them."