I have been hard of hearing all my life. For a long time, I felt like I lived in between deaf and hearing worlds. I could never be part of the full conversations of the hearing world. Yet I didn’t grow up with any deaf education or any deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) peers. The middle was isolating.
Discovering a Community In Between Deaf and Hearing Worlds
As I navigate through the world of hearing loss on social media, I am discovering that the spectrum of hearing loss is wide and varied. This tiny space of in-between deaf and hearing worlds that I thought was my own is actually quite large. It comprises of people who are newly diagnosed, coming to terms with their lifelong hearing loss, or those who are afraid of identifying as Deaf. It also includes people who yearn who learn sign language as well as those who already know some sign. Some people are angry, while others are happy.
The conversation about this space is new to me. In the past it felt like you either were or weren’t part of the deaf community. Now many people are speaking up on social media. It turns out that it’s not so black and white but gray. This quiet isolated space is in fact quite crowded. A conversation has started about this community.
“This quiet isolated space is in fact quite crowded.”
I’m a Hard of Hearing mom, originally from Canada and living in Southern California. When I’m not running my brand and design studio, I share stories online about raising my two Hard of Hearing daughters and advocating for hearing loss awareness.
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