Self Inflicted Deafness

stillwaiting

New Member
Hi everyone, I'm doing a research paper for my finial exam on self inflicted deafness, is there anyone here that became deaf or had hearing loss that was self inflicted? Any info you can give will be great help to me, the more info the better! So drop a few lines and tell me your story? How did it happen? How much hearig loss did it cause you? How have you adjested? I want 2 thank everyone in advance for all your info!
 

Tousi

Well-Known Member
A couple years back on an online forum, there was a hearing guest who was way out in left field and that's putting it mildly, let me assure you. This hearing person was seeking ways he could make himself deaf and mute...long story short.
 

Hwy99

New Member
This might be good one for hearing people who HATE to hear.

I don't have anyone or even know someone who want to be self inflicted deafness, but I can tell that person who are forwarded to it. There is lot of reasons.

*Can't stand to hear
*It always hurt to hear
*Just want to be involved with Deaf Culture
*Maybe need some pity?
*Possible deaf parents could force their children to be deaf

and many... I just don't like the idea of forcing children to be deaf neither, but it's up to adults.
 

jillio

New Member
A couple years back on an online forum, there was a hearing guest who was way out in left field and that's putting it mildly, let me assure you. This hearing person was seeking ways he could make himself deaf and mute...long story short.

Falls into the category of Munchausen's Syndrome.
 

Dixie

Farting Snowflakes
Premium Member
I cant imagine either someone wanting to be deaf and trying find ways to self-inflict it. Now I can see someone who has friends who are d/Deaf that sign and they learn ASL to communicate and become aware of the culture, but usually there is some tie to the Deaf culture such as a close friend, family member, or relative who is d/Deaf.

As for people for it is painful to hear, I can see if it hinders everyday life, they might consider a surgery to take out the bothersome ear drum after it has been confirmed time and time again that it is not a recurring ear infection that is causing the pain or there is nothing blocking the ear canal.

As for someone needing pity - sounds like hypochondriac disorder. A mental illness that causes a person to believe they have many things wrong with their body and sometimes it is self-inflicted so they can get pity from others, or to gather insurance payouts.

As for deaf parents forcing their children to be deaf - that is borderline abuse and that is hard to prove in most cases since the child is otherwise being taken care of. The only way out for that child is to report mental/verbal abuse which requires many interviews by DCF authorities, counselors, and possible rehoming into a state foster care system which in most cases is as truamatic as the mental abuse and brainwashing they are going through. I think this something quite rare, but unfortunately, probably does happen.

As for can't standing to hear - there is a disorder out there where the body is hypersensitive to everything including sight, sound, and touch. They are often over-processed and are in constant overdrive mentally. In other words Over-stimulation disorder (I dont know what the exact medical term is for it). I read a story about a little girl who was 8 or 9 at the time and going through it. She would have meltdowns over the littlest stuff and it took years to figure out why. Now she has to go through daily physical therapy and medications and it will likely have to continue for the rest of her life.

Those are just some things to consider for your paper. :afro:
 

dreama

New Member
I heard of a guy who put his own eyes out. He had mental health problems. I actually met him once although we never discussed that problem. Unfortunately he was also very religious. At the time I was into wicca (white witchcraft) and he didn't want anything further to do with me after he found that out.

Actually I can understand someone not wanting to hear if noise was painful for them. I think there is a proper name for that condition where one is hyper sensitive to noise. I hated the noise my hearing aids made so now I am glad that I am profoundly deaf.

I would be very interested in the results of your research. I'm sorry I can't be of more help.
 

farmerjoe

Member
A couple years back on an online forum, there was a hearing guest who was way out in left field and that's putting it mildly, let me assure you. This hearing person was seeking ways he could make himself deaf and mute...long story short.

A while back I was looking for deaf email lists and message boards and came across a yahoo group called "deaf wannabes" I couldn't believe my eyes at first and joined just to see what the hell went on in that group. The stuff they talk about is how to fake hearing tests so that they can get hearing aids, different ways of destroying your hearing (perforating your ear drum, using those loud air horn things next to your head, etc) Often they complain "I can still hear some things and the tinnitus is driving me crazy". Idiots.

It was primarily gay men with hearing aid fetishes.

My curiosity was satisfied and I left the group.
 

farmerjoe

Member
Other than the mentally ill people already mentioned, the nearest to "self inflicted" is going to fall under categories like musicians (ie "rockers" who diddn't bother to protect their ears) and other accidental causes of deafness, (severe head trauma can cause deafness but, it usually takes several blows over a period of time)

Rush Limbaugh could be an example but that was again accidental. It's believed that his sudden deafness is a result of his addiction to pain medication. Some argue that the pills he was addicted to are not ototoxic, however in very high doses, it can be.
 

WildHunt

New Member
when I hear "self-inflicted deafness" for some reason, I'm imaging someone with knitting needles protruding out of their ears. :(
 

Dixie

Farting Snowflakes
Premium Member
when I hear "self-inflicted deafness" for some reason, I'm imaging someone with knitting needles protruding out of their ears. :(


:lol: The image in my mind is humorus, but the reality is that the person is in dire need of medical attention.

As for Deaf Wannabes, you have got to be kidding me. I may do a google search to find out what the hell is up with these idiots.
 

Dixie

Farting Snowflakes
Premium Member
I'm back with my Google - this is the closest I came to the Yahoo group short of having to register (which I won't waste my time doing.)

This is a discussion about the group on another Deaf forum (I'm not sure if I can safely post this link here, not trying to advertise, but the mods can remove the link if they wish and no offense will be taken)
http://www.**********2.com/forums/lofiversion/index.php/t3874.html
 

shel90

Audist are not welcome
Premium Member
Deaf wannabes? They can learn sign language and be involved in the deaf community! Much less painful that way. :ugh3:
 

farmerjoe

Member
Deaf wannabes? They can learn sign language and be involved in the deaf community! Much less painful that way. :ugh3:

they don't give a rat's butt about sign language or deaf culture/community they just wanted to not hear and have hearing aids.
some people get off with whips and chains, others like to stab their brain with a Q-tip.
 

Nesmuth

New Member
when I hear "self-inflicted deafness" for some reason, I'm imaging someone with knitting needles protruding out of their ears. :(

That's old adage.

There's herbs and drugs that can turn the ear off for good. We list those out on flyers to help people prevent hearing loss.

Richard
 

Cowpuppy

Member
I've often considered it. And yes I go over the line on occasion. Yes...mental case. HOH with recent hypercausis. Hypercausis has not tempted me. Maybe a bit. But it is anti-socialism which gets into my head. Be deaf to say F the world don't wanna hear your shyt no more. Like when some are mute. Refusing to be involved in society. My thoughts of self-inflicted deaf comes alongside temptation to go mute. Anti-social. Isolation. I don't think it has anything to do with Munchausan's or hypochondria.................
:cool: :rl: ......<-----will this work? lol
 
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