Yeah, my dad is virtually deaf and like him I have lost my hearing while my mom and siblings have not.
London. i know you can read lips and thats fine. if it works for you. great. but learning and becoming fluent in a sign language, BSL for example will only add more tools in your tool box. To me it it silly to impede yourself, rather in my opinion for what its worth its just a strangers opinion here
Learn BSL, You can still read lips, you can still talk English, learn BSL. you will be able to communicate better with others like yourself in a language natural to those like us.
its not for the hearies.
its for you....
again i want to stress i do not know BSL, i'm fluent in ASL. its not the exact language that is important here its the mode and medium that is ie sign. since your in the UK i suggesting BSL.
just a thought, i hope it find you well, and thank you for your honesty and sharing in this thread.