“Please, please, puh-lease, eradicate the word ‘hearing impaired’ from your vocabulary and all those around you who speak such nonsense.Your doctor terminology for my lack of hearing blows. Be jealous of my supreme powers.” The status was met with many cheers from those who are Deaf or hard-of-hearing (Ho H), and left many of my hearing friends & family scratching their heads.The term ‘impaired’ implies something is wrong and needs to be fixed.While the mainstream public and doctors may view Deaf people as having something wrong with them, we (Deaf and Ho H individuals) don’t view ourselves in such a manner.Your father replied on your behalf, “they should have told us”.
For individuals experiencing any type of vision loss, these devices have also increased the overall ease of access to print.
I imagine you’ve forgotten about the woman who approached you just before Christmas, when you went to the cinema to see the latest film of the Star Wars saga; Rogue One.
Just after you’d been grumpy at the man checking the tickets, and walked off in a huff towards the screen, I was the one that came over and said “Excuse me”.
My sister, who recently discovered after 37 years that she is losing her hearing, remarked: “but I am impaired…without the assist of an aid, I do struggle”.
As hearing loss may be new to some now, later, as individuals grow into it, they will find the tools and resources to help them succeed. Hearing loss may be permanent, but your functionality doesn’t cease. Those of us with hearing loss will adapt, it is the world around that does not adapt.