I hope you won't let having a hearing loss be your entire identity. Everyone is multi-dimensional, and should not allow themselves to be a label. OTOH, I just got my hair restyled, short on the sides, and the usual 2.5 inches on top. Now I get to show off my fuchsia HA's.
That's sort of what I was trying to say. I came to this site purely for practical answers and then it struck me that I've had to come to a deaf community site to search for answers concerning me. Because I've never really thought of myself as hoh, it feels out of place for me. Then I began to wonder whether officially, I would be considered hoh just because I need a hearing aid in one ear. I mean, if you need glasses, you're not officially blind. I'm just myself with some hearing issues. What worries me most is that others will label me or categorise me. I have no problem with having tricky ears. I've lived with my ears all my life and they don't change who I am. Others might label me out of a steriotypical ignorance. People at my work place for example won't understand that I can still do my job well and have difficulty following a conversation ( I'm a professional classical musician in an orchestra).I hope you won't let having a hearing loss be your entire identity. Everyone is multi-dimensional, and should not allow themselves to be a label. OTOH, I just got my hair restyled, short on the sides, and the usual 2.5 inches on top. Now I get to show off my fuchsia HA's.
Yes, you hit the nail on the head. It's the chaos of sound I find so difficult, not the organised sound. ThanksWhen they challenge you on that, ask them if they find it difficult to follow a Strauss piece when others are playing Rock and Jazz at the same time and volume. Hearing aids only approximate normal sound.
I'm sorry that you feel that way. No one here was trying to be rude. However, what kind of response did you expect when you stated to a Deaf forum that you are disgusted by Deaf Culture? Warm fuzzies?Wow. Well, I'm sorry. I'm in the wrong Forum, as most of you have said. There was some more to it, but to be called a liar and asked to leave... Please accept my apologies for whomever I've insulted, and please accept my forgiveness for those who I seem to have entertained. I should have known; it's a Forum. The Fish Forums are always the same way. Too many who drink and type, and too many others who just want to be hateful or argue. I'll leave you all in peace. Shalom.
I thank you but right now with all the stress my hearing still going down I’m ata point we’re aids are not workingHi Timothy, I live in Europe, so I can't recommend a community or venue for you. I just wanted to say that I read your post and felt for you. What struck me is that you so eloquently put into words that when we have either partially lost our hearing or even lost all our hearing, we feel the loss of so much more than that. For myself, I'm trying to put another perspective on it. I'm a classical musician by profession and I've learnt to hear in another way, through vibration. When my hearing was better, my other senses were dull. Now I play more through feel and eye contact. In many ways, my playing has improved. I have to focus more and that makes work more fun. Socially, I totally agree. Rightly or wrongly, I felt humiliated every time I saw others get irritated or I just started avoiding group conversation. My new hearing aid has really helped there. What I try to do ( and my hearing loss is fortunately only severe in one ear ), is to not concentrate on what I wish I could get back but focus on finding ways to live happily with what I have. One of those things I'm planning to do, is to take evening classes in my second language. Now that I can hear my own voice with my new aid, I realise how unclearly I speak and can understand why others sometimes had difficulties understanding me. I'll feel less self concious. I don't wear my aid at home. I enjoy the calm without it. To think others have to deal with all that noise all the time makes me realise how lucky I am to be able to take a break from it. And I know I can have contact here. Adjusting isn't easy but we'll get there. This probably hasn't helped much but I do hope that someone here can help you find a new social circle of friends who care and understand what you're going through.
You may want to start learning sign language to open up additional communication and social opportunities. In Canada, American Sign Language (ASL) and la Langue des Signes Quebecoise (LSQ) are used depending on which region you are in (English, French).I thank you but right now with all the stress my hearing still going down I’m ata point we’re aids are not working
And I just lost one person that I thought care don’t know about work how long I can go like this.
We’re I work not every body like a deaf guy. Silence
Honestly I understand my problem are small compared to most but when you can’t hear you have to do it one on one
Then try. To explain. I right now would be at peace if I could listen to music Or hear some one call your name