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  1. glickchick

    New to HoH life

    I was forced to learn quickly just based out of necessity. You're really smart for trying to learn while you still have some hearing. One of the things I did initially was to load up some videos on YouTube of things I knew the words to - Just so that I could get a feel for how the words that I...
  2. glickchick

    New to HoH life

    I am relatively new to this too - I became completely deaf following a car accident about 3.5 yrs ago, when I was 19. It definitely isn't easy, but it's manageable and I have definitely learned to adapt. It's great that you're learning ASL... I lagged a bit with this (partially because I didn't...
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    Adjustment to late onset deafness

    I JUST went thru this when I was interviewing for jobs... I decided to disclose it pretty early on via email with scheduling. It came up because one of the opportunities wanted to do a phone interview (which clearly wouldn't work!) - so that gave me a perfect opening to mention my deafness. For...
  4. glickchick

    Adjustment to late onset deafness

    Pen and paper is the biggest life saver - I keep a little notepad in my purse at all times and use it often when i either can't lipread or if it's just not working. It's low tech but it works - you can also use the notes app on your phone!
  5. glickchick

    Job interviews

    Thanks - I am trying! It's still really, really hard to be honest with you, but I guess i have learned to accept it. The fact of the matter is that my ears aren't going to magically just start working again, so if I can't change it, I might as well accept it!
  6. glickchick

    What to use for writing with hearing people?

    I use the note app on my iPhone but also keep a little journalist's pad in my purse - Works great most of the time!
  7. glickchick

    Job interviews

    Hi Everyone, Just an update - I've started work and it's going really well! My co-workers and boss have been very understanding about my deafness, and have really made an effort to keep as much communication as possible to email, IM, and pen/paper. There are obviously situations where I need to...
  8. glickchick

    Thinking about going "voice off".

    My situation is similar - Went from fully hearing to completely deaf overnight, and have made the decision to basically go 100% voice off. From the moment I became deaf, I've hated not knowing how I sound when I speak, especially since my voice has definitely changed. I am only know just...
  9. glickchick

    Adjustment to late onset deafness

    Yep, I'm new to ASL... Starting to learn it. It's definitely really hard learning it while deaf. Funny, I had the option to take asl in high school, but opted to take Spanish instead. Naturally, had I known that a few years later I'd be completely deaf I would have made a different decision!
  10. glickchick

    Adjustment to late onset deafness

    Yes - Working on it. Learning slowly but surely.
  11. glickchick

    Adjustment to late onset deafness

    Wow, I can totally relate to this! This is one of the reasons I have gone basically voice-off. It avoids this situation entirely. Yeah, relying on pen/paper or text messaging isn't easy, but it works for me.
  12. glickchick

    Job interviews

    Thanks everyone! So they had initially asked for a phone interview (though this wasn't the job I was referring to in my post from a few months ago). I simply emailed them back and told them that I was deaf, and said that we could either do it thru a relay service or maybe even over something...
  13. glickchick

    Job interviews

    Wow, it's been a long time since I started this thread, but good news.... I got a job!!! It's actually pretty close to my dream job - I will be working in the digital marketing department for Lululemon, one of my favorite companies. I'm definitely nervous about all the communications aspects...
  14. glickchick

    I'm so freaking confused...

    I know exactly how you feel. I lost all of my hearing overnight from a car accident about 2.5 yrs ago as a freshman in college. It definitely isn't easy. Sounds like we have a lot in common! -Lauren
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    Does your voice fluctuate when you speak?

    Interesting topic! Since I went deaf, I've been told that my voice had really changed a lot in terms of pitch and inflection, and that I'm actually pretty hard to understand because I mumble and slur my words. Though I am basically completely voice off, when I do talk, I'm told I'm usually very...
  16. glickchick

    Late deaf and lost

    I'm in the same boat - Exact same situation (car accident that lead to total deafness). It is absolutely a challenge!
  17. glickchick

    Adjustment to late onset deafness

    I totally agree in that the deafness/hearlng loss makes you feel lost. I still feel that way. While communication is obviously such a challenge, i find that I miss hearing just the simple, everyday sounds of life - running water, cars whizzing by on the street, and stuff like that. While I've...
  18. glickchick

    Not your typical college freshman

    It's nice to find someone else who can relate. I think people tend to think that I'm weird because I have a voice that works but just hate to use it, but i just don't feel comfortable. It's definitely true that text messages are a deaf girl's best friend, and I definitely use that as a major...
  19. glickchick

    Not your typical college freshman

    To make a long story short, I was in a very bad car accident and it basically severed my auditory nerve. When I woke up, I was completely deaf. Naturally this was quite a shock and a complete 180 from my normal life as a normal college student. It was extremely, extremely hard coming home deaf...
  20. glickchick

    Not your typical college freshman

    I know how you feel. I'm a student at University of Michigan who went from perfect hearing to total deafness overnight during my soph year. It's been a quite an adjustment. It isn't easy, but it is possible to enjoy college. Would love to connect - sounds like we have a lot in common! -Lauren
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