Hi everyone. I'm a 26 year old college student. I was born hearing, but was in a bad car accident when I was 6. I had a bad head injury and fractured my temporal bone. It resulted in "conductive unilateral hearing loss", one ear is worse than the other. I used BTE hearing aids until I was a teenager when I was able to get a BAHA on one side. I was mainstreamed all through school. In elementary and middle school I had a terp/FM system, which I pretty much used through high school. After my BAHA I was used mostly an FM system. In college, in smaller classes I've been able to do okay sitting at the very front, with my BAHA and BTE. If I'm in class or at work, I usually go without the BTE because it becomes painful when I have it on too long turned up at the level I need. The sign I've used has always been signed English predominately. Anyway for the first time ever I'm taking ASL. All the hearing kids in my class think it must be easy for me. I guess I don't struggle with making the actual signs or being able to understand someone else's signs. But it's been pretty hard to break sentence structure and learn to sign using space and other things to express meaning instead of just the actual sign itself if that makes sense. I guess I've never felt like a member of the Deaf community. I have a lot of Deaf friends from camp growing up, by high school there were two other kids at my same school, one guy had a CI and didn't sign and the other girl used more signed English like me but she had a terp and was born Deaf so she didn't use any hearing aids or anything.w This class is making me think about the Deaf community and Deaf culture and where I fit in and trying to expose myself to more of it. I'm in school for counseling and have a focus on helping undeserved populations so like disabilities, different cultures, genders, etc.