Do deaf people ever wish they were hearing?
We live in a hearing world. Everywhere we go, people all around us speak and hear. But those of us who are born deaf don’t miss sounds nearly as much as hearing people think we do. You can’t miss something you haven’t experienced. Many people who are born deaf see themselves as a whole person, not with broken ears. We have full lives just like hearing people.
However, for late deafened people it is a different matter; I’m sure they do miss their hearing since they were accustomed to hearing prior to becoming deaf.
Probably one of the worst things about being deaf has nothing to do with residual hearing but more to do with society’s attitudes toward the deaf. So…given the challenges and discrimination Deaf people face, do they ever wish they could hear…maybe sometimes.
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Savvy User DjThursday, January 19, 2023
As a late deafened person, I can honestly say that I had no idea just how hard it is to intereact with people who do not understand that because I can speak does not mean that I can hear your reply. I only miss sound when I cannot interact easily with others. Thank you Signing Savvy for helping me and my family learn how to communicate effectively.
Marta BelskyFriday, January 20, 2023
Thank you for your kind words! Marta