Hi Everyone, I grew up hearing and didn't begin hearing loss until I was 25. I have an auto-immune disorder that is hereditary on my mother's side. It only affects my hearing. I have a few family members who have hearing loss. They act like it's the worst thing in the world that happened to them and they can hear better than I can. I don't feel that way. I'm thankful. It's not my heart; It's not my kidneys. I won't die, because of this. I'm fine. I'm healthy. Since I began losing hearing as an adult, I'm oral (people ask me what country I'm from and say I have an accent), and now I'm taking a college ASL class. My hearing has slowly been getting worse and now I'm profound in one ear. (I don't remember the exact dB.) My other ear is moderate to severe. Without hearing aids I have 20% word recognition and with hearing aids I have 40% word recognition (in one ear, my other ear is 0%.) Hearing aids don't help me hear that much better. Actually, I seldom wear them because the little they help isn't worth the hassle. As I said, I'm taking ASL and I'm the only person in the class who doesn't hear. I've had to ask the teacher what the sign means and she has to finger spell it for me. I rely on the computer a lot to learn the signs. It kind of drives me crazy that learning ASL is geared for hearing people. My topic question, for my ASL class we have to go to a Deaf social. I'm not sure what to tell the people at the social. I'm not a hearing person, but I don't know what is hard of hearing and what is deaf.