Salutations AllDeaf.com I'm so pleased to have found this forum. It appears to be a very friendly and welcoming community. It could be the answer to my prayers as I am struggling with my deafness at the moment and I'm looking for people who can understand what I'm going through. I was born with severe-profound hearing loss in both ears. My parents and wider family are all hearing and I was bought up to be oral and mainstreamed. With my HAs and lip reading skills, I was able to survive in the hearing world. I now have a hearing wife, hearing kids and hearing friends who I love and they love me in return. But it has been a struggle to stay afloat in the hearing world. And recently my hearing has declined and I'm failing to follow conversations I used to be able to participate in, even though I'm using the latest technological hearing devices, along with 110% concentration. I can now only communicate with hearing friends on a 1-to-1 basis and being in a group makes me feel lonely and frustrated. So I'm wondering "What's the best way to cope with this?". There are times when I'm extremely angry. I also get very depressed. How do I find peace and acceptance? So here I am on AD looking for people who are/have been in a similiar situation and want to know their stories and coping strategies. I'm open to learning BSL, but I'm not very good at learning new languages. Could I end up feeling excluded by fluent BSL users in the same way I do by a group of "hearies"? If you don't want to repeat yourself, then feel free to point me to the thread where you've already written and I'll go there. I'm looking forward to getting to know some of you better in the future.