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John Owens: Things that happen to you when you’re an oral deaf person

May 29, 2015


Here are some things that happen to you when you’re an oral deaf person out in the hearing world. Whispering Sweet Nothings There have been many times I had people talking to my hearing aids directly when the surroundings were too noisy, such as in a pub. Because of my speech, people forget I cannot hear very […]

Charlie Swinbourne: The 10 annoying habits of deaf people!

November 1, 2014


Every weekend, we are publishing popular articles from our archive, which you might have missed the first time round! This one is from July 2013. Tell us which articles you think should be reposted by emailing After our article ‘The 10 annoying habits of hearing people’ broke all records on this site, a number of people […]

Edinburgh Fringe Review: “Humour can bring Deaf culture into the mainstream.” Charlie Swinbourne reviews ‘Speech Sucks: The Future Signs’

August 22, 2014


The Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas at the Edinburgh Fringe is a strand which gives university lecturers the chance to debate the subjects they research in a humorous and audience-friendly way. One year ago, in an event called Send the Deaf to Orkney, Professor Graham Turner (Chair of Interpretation and Translation Studies at Heriot Watt university) […]

Jennifer Stuessy: The 10 most dangerous places for a hearing aid

April 3, 2014


I’m notorious for using hearing aids for a LONG time.  My first one lasted NINE years.  Another one lasted TEN. With my track record, you would think I was quite fastidious in their care, using the dri-n-store, removing the battery each night and keeping it in a little box lovingly wrapped in cloth. Truthfully, I’m […]

Teresa Garratty: 15 steps to being a Deaf Christmas Scrooge!

December 23, 2013


Ah, Christmas! The “Marmite” of all seasons, you either love it or you spit it out in disgust. So for all the anti-festive readers out there, here’s how to boycott Christmas in glorious Deaf style! Step 1 – Open the door to carollers but then point at your hearing aids and slam the door in […]

Donna Williams: Paul Whitehouse rubbed the ‘fake’ interpreter controversy in deaf people’s faces

December 14, 2013


Maybe it’s just me. But I’m not seeing the funny. At the British Comedy Awards on Thursday night, Paul Whitehouse picked up an award for Best Sketch Show for ‘Harry and Paul’, and congratulations to him. Where he went wrong was when he arrived on stage, announced that he ‘had brought his signer with him’ and […]

Charlie Swinbourne: How I wrote The Fingerspellers!

December 2, 2013


The Fingerspellers, which is showing this week on the BSL Zone, is a comedy about a family of deaf gangsters, who protect themselves with their signing hands (instead of bullets!). By fingerspelling from A-Z, they can ‘shoot’ their enemies! And when another family called the Operas threaten to take over their patch, a war ensues… […]