I just want to know what your experiences are like....such as talking to people in background noise, going to the movies, ordering food in the restaurant or dealing with customer service, talking on the phone, etc. (anything that hinders your ability to communicate/hear effectively)
I'm hard of hearing but I wear hearing aids and can pretty much hear what people say in favourable situations. I was raised in the hearing world and do not know too many deaf/hard-of-hearing people. I can lipread somewhat but I don't know sign language.
From my experiences, I find that it's extremely difficult for me to hear what other people say when there's a lot of background noise...I use an FM microphone device for one-on-one situations but group situations are pretty tough.
Do you have to deal with a lot of people who don't seem to understand what it's like to be hard of hearing? Do you sometimes get embarrassed or frustrated when you're not able to hear what other people say at times or when you're in a social situation (like a party or restaurant) and you can't follow the conversation...so you're basically out of the loop and not in tune with the conversation at all? I experience this constantly and I want to do something about it...maybe I need better hearing aids that helps to diminish the background noise (although they only work to a certain extent). Do you have any suggestions/tips to try to become more involved in social situations rather than being quiet the entire time?
i grew up and live in a hearing world which is why i dont know many deaf people. i can read lips rather well and speak well due to extensive speech thereapy. i can also sign in asl which i love to do. im late deafened i lost my hearing and became fully deaf at age 21. every bass tournament i fish they are all hearing im the only deaf person on the bass master s weekend series as far as i know. I do know however that elite pro kevin langill is part deaf and he is a very cool person.
I grew up in similar circumstances as well, but Im still unsure as to how to appropriately classify myself. I am profoundly deaf in my left ear and hard of hearing in my right ear.
BassHunter, I have to ask, have you fished on Lake Dardanelle in Russellville, AR? I know that Bass Master's has made two stops there that I know of in recent years and it is less than an hours drive from here. If your circuit ever makes a stop to Lake Dardanelle sometime, I would like to meet you.
To me the definition of postlingual deafness is becoming deaf after the acquisition of speech and verbal language as one's primary language. However if a child becomes deaf at age 5, and becomes fully integrated into a signing environment it is quite possible that while he may never forget spoken language, his speech could deteriorate to the point of being unintelligible and no longer useful given that he no longer has auditory feedback on the clarity of his speech and the speech of others. Makes sense?