People (mostly hearing) tell me often why being hearing is better. I'd love to know the other side too. What are some benefits of being Deaf?
My favourite pastime is watching Korean Drama Series - guaranteed English subtitles. So frustrating when my hearing family puts on a movie and there are no captions. I compensate with watching KDS or Netflix on my phone tablet. Occasionally, I will hit the jackpot and have the same movie the family have on tv, on my phone. I sync it so I have my own capti-view (like in cinemas/movie theaters). Then i can watch on the big tv screen together with the family, while having the captions to read on my phone. Where there is a will there is a way!Being able to watch foreign movies with English subtitles without being distracted by spoken languages.
Some people wish they could turn their hearing off. It's nice not to hear, so you can relax and sleep better whenever you want. I don't like the barriers in this world because of it.
I thought the world supported such improvements, but I don't see that happening everywhere. Do you know if it's easier to find employment in the area around Washington DC where Gallaudet and NTID is located? I would think there is more awareness, but I could be wrong. I am curious though if you have heard anything.The barriers can be easily prevented with the technology we have now but most hearing people are unable to go that extra effort to communicate in a different way.
#2 makes me incredibly sad.I'm hearing (hope it's ok to post here then?), but am taking ASL and have been thinking a lot about the benefits of being Deaf:
1.) Improved attention span, since you have to be constantly looking at the signer
2.) A but specific but Deaf-Blind people communicate by basically signing and holding hands and that honestly sounds like the cutest thing ever.
3.) Not hearing weird noises people make.
4.) Signing keeps your hands occupied, so for someone like me who has a bad habit of picking at my nails etc that's fantastic