There are some things related to deaf and hard of hearing issues I don’t really care to hear about from adult strangers I meet waiting in a line at the DMV, post office, some café, or store (usually after they see my hearing aid).
While I understand that people are just trying to make conversation, I would rather not hear for several minutes about the following:
- Your deaf cousin whom you have not seen in several years
- Helen Keller
- How you went “deaf” for a day or two and how horrible it was
- How you once saw a deaf person working at a hardware store five years ago
- How you learned how to sign the alphabet as a child and then proceed to show me how much you remember
- Your grandfather and his hearing aids
- Your neighbor who was deaf with two hearing aids, no, one hearing aid, no . . . maybe with cochlear implants or one of each. Actually, he might have been able to talk, but then you never really interacted with him . . .
- How the cousin of your sister’s best friend had a teacher whose wife was deaf
Elizabeth, aka (e, is a hard of hearing itinerant teacher of various mainstreamed deaf and hard of hearing students (prek – 12th grade). She often blogs about her job, life with a hearing loss, and deaf and hard of hearing issues. She also enjoys painting and drawing cartoons when the mood strikes her. Don’t miss her blog at http://www.ehwhathuh.com/ and follow her on Twitter as @dhhitinerant.
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