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Unread 01-18-2012, 11:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Wink Benefits to being Deaf/HOH

I put together this collage to show the benefits of being deaf...and why I won't ever let it get me down!!

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Unread 01-18-2012, 11:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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So true!....
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Unread 01-19-2012, 12:29 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Hmm, I am Deaf - not "hearing impaired", (I am not an impaired, broken person but a whole, healthy deaf person) but the art and idea - pretty cool! Nice job!
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Unread 01-19-2012, 12:45 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I put together this collage to show the benefits of being deaf...and why I won't ever let it get me down!!
Your picture said it all. You know, a picture is worth 10,000 words.
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Unread 01-19-2012, 01:13 AM   #5 (permalink)
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This thread is silencist and totally disrespectful to those of us with tinnitus!
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Unread 01-19-2012, 02:30 AM   #6 (permalink)
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not disrespectful, more forgetful. tinnitus is a less know problem
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Unread 01-19-2012, 02:39 AM   #7 (permalink)
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not disrespectful, more forgetful. tinnitus is a less know problem
True.... I was just kidding though.

Tinnitus however is no joke.
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Hmm, I am Deaf - not "hearing impaired"
The word "impaired" is really not positive at all.
What about "hearing free"?

Fits those with tinnitus, too, I guess.

I hope I'm not being disrespectful to anyone...
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The word "impaired" is really not positive at all.
What about "hearing free"?

Fits those with tinnitus, too, I guess.

I hope I'm not being disrespectful to anyone...
Heh. "Hearing free" definitely doesn't describe folks like me with my rare "central hearing impairment" or CAPD. Have to agree that I generally dislike the "impaired" part, even though that's how my audiologist described me.

Sometimes I wish I could turn my hearing off like the OP describes. The best I can do is a white noise generator or music that I use when I'm trying to focus in a noisy environment.

FYI: CAPD/"central hearing impairment/loss" is an auditory problem beyond the ears in the central nervous system that generally results in inability to process audio correctly, despite usually receiving a more or less intact audio signal from the ears. I describe it to people by saying that I "hear too much." I hear every sound in my environment and can often have trouble sifting through the noise to find the speech signal.
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Unread 01-19-2012, 05:07 AM   #10 (permalink)
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True. Wonder if its ok with you to replace from impaired hearing to deaf. if you have read most of this forum then you would understand why i prefer deaf. so yes i am deaf.

by the way, nice collage.
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Hurry!!! Quick!!! Copyright the collage before government bans it.
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Everywhere is our peace spot to spend time. No sound! No noise! Ahhhh
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"hearing free" !!!! Waaahahahahahaha!!!! Gotta love it!!
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I am soooo free from noise pollution! I am so thankful because air and water pollution is more than enough to deal with. lol
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"hearing free" !!!! Waaahahahahahaha!!!! Gotta love it!!
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Since I am hearing-impaired, I also wear an eye mask when I sleep at night to create sensory deprivation so that I can get as much deep sleep as possible.
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My hearing that which is hard-of, benefits me by... well... nevermind. It doesn't. But I'm someone that lives in a world where I don't have a community of deaf/HoH friends to blend into when I get sick of trying to keep up with the hearing world. I'm constantly in a state of ketchup. (ha.) I hate ketchup. My hearing is something i DO see as "impaired" and even "broken" because of the way my world makes me feel. Rarely do I get the leisure of getting to go home and call up a friend like me, and seek solace in sign language, because I don't know sign language well and have no one to talk to that knows it. so I constantly feel like I'm missing out, that I'm far behind everyone else, even my friends, because of my hearing. Rarely do I find it something to be grateful for because never do I feel that it's a conventional part of me to be so lacking in a sense that everyone around me relies on.

the only time I'm glad I'm HoH is when I'm sleeping- because things wont wake me up when they bump in the night unless it's a heavy enough bump to move me some way. The garbage man wakes me up-- the truck vibrates through the floor of my house. And even THEN-- I'm terrified of not waking up and burning alive in my house because I cannot hear the alarm and my (hearing) boyfriend and I can't afford to rig the bed/house for a (HoH) me.
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Unread 01-23-2012, 02:45 PM   #18 (permalink)
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My hearing that which is hard-of, benefits me by... well... nevermind. It doesn't. But I'm someone that lives in a world where I don't have a community of deaf/HoH friends to blend into when I get sick of trying to keep up with the hearing world. I'm constantly in a state of ketchup. (ha.) I hate ketchup. My hearing is something i DO see as "impaired" and even "broken" because of the way my world makes me feel. Rarely do I get the leisure of getting to go home and call up a friend like me, and seek solace in sign language, because I don't know sign language well and have no one to talk to that knows it. so I constantly feel like I'm missing out, that I'm far behind everyone else, even my friends, because of my hearing. Rarely do I find it something to be grateful for because never do I feel that it's a conventional part of me to be so lacking in a sense that everyone around me relies on.

the only time I'm glad I'm HoH is when I'm sleeping- because things wont wake me up when they bump in the night unless it's a heavy enough bump to move me some way. The garbage man wakes me up-- the truck vibrates through the floor of my house. And even THEN-- I'm terrified of not waking up and burning alive in my house because I cannot hear the alarm and my (hearing) boyfriend and I can't afford to rig the bed/house for a (HoH) me.



BACK UP!!!!!! You live in Corpus Christi which is in TEXAS!!!!!! Ever hear of STAP? You get the alarm or whatever you need FREE from the state.
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BACK UP!!!!!! You live in Corpus Christi which is in TEXAS!!!!!! Ever hear of STAP? You get the alarm or whatever you need FREE from the state.
no. freaking. way.

HELP ME FIND THIS PLACE'S WEBSITE!!! O_____O
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My hearing that which is hard-of, benefits me by... well... nevermind. It doesn't. But I'm someone that lives in a world where I don't have a community of deaf/HoH friends to blend into when I get sick of trying to keep up with the hearing world. I'm constantly in a state of ketchup. (ha.) I hate ketchup. My hearing is something i DO see as "impaired" and even "broken" because of the way my world makes me feel. Rarely do I get the leisure of getting to go home and call up a friend like me, and seek solace in sign language, because I don't know sign language well and have no one to talk to that knows it. so I constantly feel like I'm missing out, that I'm far behind everyone else, even my friends, because of my hearing. Rarely do I find it something to be grateful for because never do I feel that it's a conventional part of me to be so lacking in a sense that everyone around me relies on.

the only time I'm glad I'm HoH is when I'm sleeping- because things wont wake me up when they bump in the night unless it's a heavy enough bump to move me some way. The garbage man wakes me up-- the truck vibrates through the floor of my house. And even THEN-- I'm terrified of not waking up and burning alive in my house because I cannot hear the alarm and my (hearing) boyfriend and I can't afford to rig the bed/house for a (HoH) me.
There is a social meeting once every 2 months in Corpus Christi. The link is at Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/DAS-D...65150216845644
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Unread 01-23-2012, 05:30 PM   #21 (permalink)
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My boyfriend and I were discussing things today and he asked why I didn't want a Cochlear Implant. I know I posted saying that I didn't see my HL as something to be grateful for, and that I saw it as broken or impaired... but today, I realised that I actually embrace it a lot more than I realize. I would never permanently change myself into a hearing person. My deafness has helped me become such a better person than if I had never known the difference. I'm so lucky to have the life that I have and lucky to have been taught so many valuable lessons by this "disability" to hear. I'm not disabled after all- I'm just a little different.

and I have you guys to thank for showing me this.
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A person is more than the sum of his/her parts. A minor deficit should not define who I am.

Another way to put it: There are a million things that I can do - and some of them terrifically well - and do not want to be judged on one criterion only.
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Here is a good article about introverts and how society treats them: The Power of Introverts: A Manifesto for Quiet Brilliance: Scientific American

What I mean is not "introverts = deafies" but "treatment of introverts = treatment of deafies".
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My boyfriend and I were discussing things today and he asked why I didn't want a Cochlear Implant. I know I posted saying that I didn't see my HL as something to be grateful for, and that I saw it as broken or impaired... but today, I realised that I actually embrace it a lot more than I realize. I would never permanently change myself into a hearing person. My deafness has helped me become such a better person than if I had never known the difference. I'm so lucky to have the life that I have and lucky to have been taught so many valuable lessons by this "disability" to hear. I'm not disabled after all- I'm just a little different.

and I have you guys to thank for showing me this.
I think that I have learnt patience from being HOH. I wonder if this is correct: HOH/deafies are "better listeners".
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I think that I have learnt patience from being HOH. I wonder if this is correct: HOH/deafies are "better listeners".
I've often said that HOH are often better listeners because they have to engage their brains, while hearies regularly switch off.
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I think that I have learnt patience from being HOH. I wonder if this is correct: HOH/deafies are "better listeners".
Actually, you are very correct. I've often noticed this about myself as well. Knowing how it feels to have people be impatient, condescending, rude because I can't hear everything all the time (or just the simple fact that impatience with something I can't help, makes that person look like more of a retard then they're treating me like ) naturally taught me to be patient with others. I don't want to make someone else feel like they're not good enough to listen/talk to/get to know just because they need me to compromise my way of communication a little bit to make it work, because that's what I expect of every single person I come into contact with.

Not to even mention that we already listen tenfold harder than anyone else just because we really do want to understand and not put people out without at least trying not to.
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I think that I have learnt patience from being HOH. I wonder if this is correct: HOH/deafies are "better listeners".
In some cases, no. I have a couple of friends who talk on and on - not letting you talk at all.
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Actually, you are very correct. I've often noticed this about myself as well. Knowing how it feels to have people be impatient, condescending, rude because I can't hear everything all the time (or just the simple fact that impatience with something I can't help, makes that person look like more of a retard then they're treating me like ) naturally taught me to be patient with others. I don't want to make someone else feel like they're not good enough to listen/talk to/get to know just because they need me to compromise my way of communication a little bit to make it work, because that's what I expect of every single person I come into contact with.

Not to even mention that we already listen tenfold harder than anyone else just because we really do want to understand and not put people out without at least trying not to.
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In some cases, no. I have a couple of friends who talk on and on - not letting you talk at all.
I often need time to listen, i.e. the process "sound -> words" takes more time in case of bad hearing. I sense that people think that I am mentally slow. In my view, they are too impatient. There is a movement called Slow Food that advocates you-know-what. We need "Slow Talk" too.

Several people talking at the same time is annoying too. It means that I am better off reading a newspaper.
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