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1 11th August 03:51
gary g
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I agree there is a deaf culture but I don't think there is a hard of hearing
culture...As to whether people are ignorant or offensive,...It's like being
fat...Some people find humor in making comments about weight...I've heard
many about my hearing loss...Things like "You have batteries in those
things?" or
"Are those things on?"...Also people become frustrated very easy when they
have to repeat...They immediately raise their voice and there is no way to
raise your voice without sounding somewhat angry...Hearing loss is something
you really can't understand until you live with it...People feel if we would
just listen or try harder we should hear them...Well,...I've rambled on
enough but I think you get my point...GG

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2 11th August 03:52
woodswun@hotmail.com
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No, because I am.

I think it's just a lack of understanding. Some people try to lighten things
up with humor, and, from reading other people's posts, don't quite carry it off.

Supposedly, yes. I'm hearing impaired, and only got that way in adulthood, so
I'll never be part of that culture.


That depends on the situation. If we're assuming that there is no risk or
cost involved, then I'd say go for it. That's not generally the way reality
works, though. I'm not at all offended at the attitude that impairments need
to be "fixed", as I am well aware of the disadvantages that a lack of hearing
places a person in.

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3 12th August 00:45
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On Thu, 14 Aug 2003 23:53:17 -0400, "Don" <DonL@prodigy.net> took a
very strange color crayon and scribbled:


You like to feel like a broken toy?

Hard of hearing (HH) may seem old-fashioned, but like deaf, it is
descriptive. I find "hearing impaired" insulting and vague to the
extreme.


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4 12th August 00:45
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It depends on the individual. Some are comfortable with "hearing-impaired".
Cause they feel it has less of an impact as opposed to "deaf". That the word
"deaf" itself may give off the impression that one cannot hear anything at all.
As in "stone deaf" or "deaf as a post".

While "hearing-impaired" may give off the impression that one could have some
hearing with a hearing aid.

And I find that "hearing-impaired" has less of an impact on hearing people as
opposed to "deaf" which may make them more likely to go "gulp...".

Another thing about "hearing-impaired". It's like in between "deaf" and "hard
of hearing". That one may not want to give off the impression that they are
"deaf". But at the same time they aren't exactly just "hard of hearing" either.
And do not want to give off the impression that they have more hearing than
they really do.

That's like the difference between "a little on the heavy side" and "fat" or
"learning challenged" and "stupid". That some find hearing-impaired to have
less "intensity" in it than the word "deaf".
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5 12th August 00:45
don
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I don't think hearing people understand hearing loss. My very good friend
is hearing and he told me to speak up and tell people I am deaf.

Well, I am not deaf. For all practical purposes I am, but I hear pretty
good. I just don't understand speech. I used to sing in the church choir
and one member asked me how I could sing if I couldn't hear. (Again, I am
not deaf). I hear the music but not the same as hearing people do. I hear
airplanes, I hear trains, I hear cars, I hear the air-conditioning running,
fans blowing, etc. If I tell people I am deaf as my friend suggested, they
automatically think I can't hear anything. My hearing is impaired and so I
am hearing impaired. Just as another friend of mine has a speech impairment
(he can't speak very well). I certainly would not call him hard of speaking
or hard of speech. He is speech impaired. I am hearing impaired. No big
deal with the play on words. If you want to say I am hard of hearing, then
do so. To me, hard means something like a rock or a brick that is "hard".
Nothing to do with hearing. Therefore, I believe that having a hearing
impairment is proper English.

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6 12th August 00:45
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Wow, someone needs a chill pill here!

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7 12th August 00:45
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On 16 Aug 2003 15:01:56 GMT, hhissues@aol.com (HHIssues) took a very
strange color crayon and scribbled:

Which was the first reason why I didn't like the term. A word that can
mean both hard of hearing or deaf is too vague to be useful.


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8 15th August 01:32
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Thank you all for your responses to my questions.

I've been dealing with people think they speak for the hard of
hearing/deaf culture. What they find offensive, all hard of
hearing/deaf people find offensive. They seem to think that those of us
who can hear exist primarily to make their lives miserable.

You can't rubber stamp any group.

Your replies were wonderfully articulate and informative. I enjoyed
"stopping by" and will be back occasionally to learn more.

Thanks again!
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9 29th August 09:12
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Before my implant I would say I was "audio challenged"..........goddess
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