I’m new to the forum and reaching out. I would love to hear your stories on how you deal with being caught between the hearing and deaf worlds. I’m late deafened. I’ve been hard of hearing for 15 years but the last 6 years I have Proufound hearing loss (110dB). I no longer fit in with the hearing community and struggle with communication. I read lips but it’s very difficult. Even when I explain that I can’t hear and they have to face me when they talk they still move around too much, put their hands near their lips or turn away mid sentence. It becomes quite frustrating and to be honest very very exhausting. It always surprises me how many people will just carry on a conversation with someone else not considering the fact that I can’t hear and can’t follow what is being said. I know people don’t do this on purpose or to be mean but I really feel excluded and alone when this happens. I have been signing for 3 years now but don’t have anyone to sign with so I find that frustrating as well. My husband is learning so that is wonderful. But outside of that my world has become so much smaller. I feel like I’m stuck between hearing and deaf worlds. Not really belonging to either. It’s quite a horrible feeling. I would love to hear if anyone has had the same circumstances and how you dealt with being caught in the middle. Thanks in advance!