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I was born deaf due to ototoxic drug. I'm only deaf in my family as far as I know. Started to wear hearing aids when I was a toddler. I didn't wear them much because I had ear infections and had to wear tubes for a year and so....I hated it when they dropped medications in my ears. Bleh.
 

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Born with a hearing loss due to contracting german measles in utero. Doctor told my mother that I was profoundly deaf and I received my first body aid at 2. Progressed to BTE hearing aids in 6th grade and have worn the analogs all my life.. tried digitals didn't like them, maybe later. My mother made me go to public school.
I would say I am HOH, but at what point would I be considered deaf. My audiologist says I am profoundly deaf.. a terminology he uses but he doesn't tell me I am hard of hearing. Its a conundrum.
The hard part is.. I don't know where in the hell I fit in.
 
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I understand that as I was a premie also in the late 60's although HOH to the extremes I still wasn't Deaf, just severely hoh and it only got worst as time went. Doctors never said what cause the extreme pains and infections I had or any diagnostics. So, Yeah... It wasn't something doctors knew a lot about early on, but I remember the ear infections, the severe pain, all the testing I went through ( basically a genia pig for them ) I wouldn't be surprised if my picture isn't in a medical book somewhere..lol But I remember being so aggravated with all the pain and testing I wanted to stick firecrackers in my ears and end it, it was that bad. I outgrew the pain and infections in my late teen but whatever damages were already done, and so I just went about life mainstreamed as the doctors and my parents really had no clue nor given any resources at the time... the 70's were terrible.

Gosh you're very very lucky to survive back in the late 1960s... back in the 1980s (in New Zealand), the hospital doctors refused to help or give treatments for very early born premmie babies... so it was my parents who turn up hospital everyday for 3 months, to try keep me alive, and feed me etc. LOL I wouldn't be surprised if that your picture would be in the very old medical book somewhere. So 1980s was terrible too for New Zealand.
 

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adding to this. I lost my hearing at age 2, in 1987. It took quite some time before my parents could find an audiologist that could properly assess my hearing loss levels in such a young child. I was almost 3 when I finally got my first set of hearing aids. There was a lot of driving around to different towns and audiologists/clinics before finally the Audiology Center at the University of Wyoming tested me and determined the severity of my hearing loss. Technology plays a big part in this. Now, technology is readily available for testing and immediate fitting of hearing aids; back then not so. My parents knew I wasn't hearing, my speech was diminishing (I was able to speak in full sentences before becoming ill with meningitis and going deaf from that), and they had a hell of a time finding someone who could help and work with us.

I am going by what teacherofthedeaf said, and say I was peri-lingually deaf. I was in the process of learning language when I went deaf and my language started vanishing after the fact. Peri-lingual makes the most sense for me, and didn't even know this term existed. I knew of pre- and post-, but neither one applies to me. I NEVER considered myself late-deafened, as I feel that term is more for those who grew up with hearing and then became deaf as an adult.

I didn't have any language in a way to communicate in pre 2 years... After at 2 years old, for doctor/audiologist hearing tests, then getting hearing aids, when my parents found out why I'm not speaking or hearing sounds.... Parents did try to learn sign language at first, but gave up too quickly... so I didn't start my first word in voice until I turned 5 years old. So I would be sort of slightly late for learning language processing, but I was a bookworm hence I was able to keep on learning new words etc by reading.
 

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I'm a hearing aid user. I got one for my right (worse) ear in 2013 - at age 40 - for moderate hearing loss secondary to an enlarged vestibular aqueduct, and then got a second for my left (better) ear in 2015 for a mild hearing loss. Now my loss is closer to moderately severe in my right, and edging closer to moderate in my left. I have mixed feelings about my hearing aids. I have a fluctuating hearing loss, so some days I love them and other days they're just "meh". While they don't restore my hearing to "normal", they do a pretty decent job of helping me hear what I need and want to hear.
 

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Gosh you're very very lucky to survive back in the late 1960s... back in the 1980s (in New Zealand), the hospital doctors refused to help or give treatments for very early born premmie babies... so it was my parents who turn up hospital everyday for 3 months, to try keep me alive, and feed me etc. LOL I wouldn't be surprised if that your picture would be in the very old medical book somewhere. So 1980s was terrible too for New Zealand.

I am curious. Were you given for caffeine medication to help you breath better? All premature babies take it. Recently, I heard in San Diego, CA they start using Viagra to help premature babies breath. My mother was a premature baby about a year before WW 2 ended. She was born in a home with midwife's help. The medical resources were very limited. It wasn't a good time for her. They used coffee aka caffeine to help mom breath better.
 

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I am curious. Were y
ou given for caffeine medication to help you breath better? All premature babies take it. Recently, I heard in San Diego, CA they start using Viagra to help premature babies breath. My mother was a premature baby about a year before WW 2 ended. She was born in a home with midwife's help. The medical resources were very limited. It wasn't a good time for her. They used coffee aka caffeine to help mom breath better.

They don't use "Viagra," but the use a drug with the same active ingredient. Viagra is a vasodialator - it helps those blood vessels in Mr. Johnson open up and allow the blood to flow and, well you know. The same ingredient helps open blood vessels in the lungs. Our daughter did receive it for a few days, if I recall correctly. Caffeine is used to help keep the heart and breathing rate up.
 

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They don't use "Viagra," but the use a drug with the same active ingredient. Viagra is a vasodialator - it helps those blood vessels in Mr. Johnson open up and allow the blood to flow and, well you know. The same ingredient helps open blood vessels in the lungs. Our daughter did receive it for a few days, if I recall correctly. Caffeine is used to help keep the heart and breathing rate up.

In San Diego, doctors didn't mention the name of the active ingredient except they said they gave them small doses of "Viagra". It sounded like they gave it directly to them. I looked it up. The ingredient is called sildenafil. My mother who used to work in hospital labs mentioned that in the 70s, doctors usually give caffeine pills to premature babies' parents, so they do it in homes. Time changes.
 

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Born with a hearing loss due to contracting german measles in utero. Doctor told my mother that I was profoundly deaf and I received my first body aid at 2. Progressed to BTE hearing aids in 6th grade and have worn the analogs all my life.. tried digitals didn't like them, maybe later. My mother made me go to public school.
I would say I am HOH, but at what point would I be considered deaf. My audiologist says I am profoundly deaf.. a terminology he uses but he doesn't tell me I am hard of hearing. Its a conundrum.
The hard part is.. I don't know where in the hell I fit in.
Also.. I forgot to add in one small detail. I was born as a premature baby.. three months way to early.
 

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Just a poll to see what the ratio is of the members born Deaf ( Culturally ) and those Late deafened (d). Also the ones wearing Hearing aids (HA) and those with implant (CI) and why you love or hate them. And those who are considering getting implanted how they feel about what they have heard during their journey.

So in your opinion only those who were born profoundly deaf can identify as Deaf? WTH? Late deafened does not mean someone can't be culturally Deaf. Similarly, someone can be profoundly deaf from birth but not culturally Deaf. A HOH person can be culturally Deaf just as much as a profoundly deaf person can.
 

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So in your opinion only those who were born profoundly deaf can identify as Deaf? WTH? Late deafened does not mean someone can't be culturally Deaf. Similarly, someone can be profoundly deaf from birth but not culturally Deaf. A HOH person can be culturally Deaf just as much as a profoundly deaf person can.
You got alot to learn it seems.
 

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The key here is culturally Deaf when we are talking about culturally Deaf rather than the medically deaf I agree with enib91 even if you just go by what has been posted here over the years since I joined.

No it boils down to the bare basics, either you hear or you dont, simple as that. You dont get the egg without the chicken.
twist it however to your liking, youre wrong.
 

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No, you do.

Oh man. Not this sh*t again. It does NOT matter when a person becomes deaf, whether from birth, or late deafened. How that person immerses themselves in the Deaf community (Deaf clubs, ASL, and so on) is how they identify themselves. There is no time limit or starting point on this. It is different for everyone.
 

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Oh man. Not this sh*t again. It does NOT matter when a person becomes deaf, whether from birth, or late deafened. How that person immerses themselves in the Deaf community (Deaf clubs, ASL, and so on) is how they identify themselves. There is no time limit or starting point on this. It is different for everyone.

Yes, that's exactly what I said. It's also the opposite of what sonocativo said. I think you might have misread something?
 

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http://www.thefreedictionary.com/deaf

I love how these newbs crawl out of the woodwork and start arguing... Say a little about yourself Hmm.
And as the link shows
*stone deaf
*deaf since birth
if you care to read enough.

Different degrees of hearing loss, But I am referring to TRUE Deafness, no hearing whatsoever if you read my comments before digging your hole.
 

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http://www.thefreedictionary.com/deaf

I love how these newbs crawl out of the woodwork and start arguing... Say a little about yourself Hmm.
And as the link shows
*stone deaf
*deaf since birth
if you care to read enough.

Different degrees of hearing loss, But I am referring to TRUE Deafness, no hearing whatsoever if you read my comments before digging your hole.
All I got from the link is "Congratulations you are a winner of $1000 Walmart gift card". Pain in the a**.
 

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All I got from the link is "Congratulations you are a winner of $1000 Walmart gift card". Pain in the a**.
I clicked on the link from your post and it went straight to the info I posted... dont know why you got anything different?
 
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