Secret Deafie

The Secret Deafie is a regular column about deaf experiences submitted anonymously by different contributors. If you have a story you’d like to tell, just email

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How I used the deaf card to outsmart an angry man

“I learned long ago that only other parents of deaf children understand me now”

The day the teacher found out I wasn’t listening

I pay my subscriptions, but I’m forced to get my subtitles the illegal way

“At Christmas, I am lost”

Signing on the tube

The day I was rejected from the Deaf club, for having one arm

The day I stopped wearing my hearing aids in public

Cochlear implants and MRI scans

The waitress who walked away before getting an answer

Educating the couple at the bus stop

My fare-dodging confession

A misunderstanding at the hand dryer

Another cinema subtitle fail

The rude Text Relay operator

How a train delay was made worse

The day I was sworn at… without knowing it

The sound of silence (with a touch of tinnitus)

My collision with a wheelchair user

The world’s worst chat-up attempt

Playing the deaf card – in a prime mugging spot

Losing sight, gaining insight

I wanted to drop-kick a box office assistant

The deaf awareness lesson I wasn’t expecting

The day I found myself on the hearing man’s side

5 Responses “Secret Deafie” →
  1. You dont sound deaf…!!

    I used to wear old siemens bte hearing aids big beige lumpy things. I recently converted to ite buds because of ear infections..
    Any way i was waiting fir my bus home ans was reading something in my phone when this woman hits mw in the shoukd and all i could make out was are u listening to me rude you gsters these days..
    Obviously she was talking tk me and i didnt acknowledge that..

    I pointed to my ears and mimed ‘im deaf’ she didnt realise and was still waffleing on..
    I then carried in and said i cant hear you im deaf .. to which she said yiu dint sound deaf..
    So my reply was i wouldnt know…
    She kept talking to people saying im so rude on thw bus and eventually someone had enough and piped up and said she is a deaf teen she is not being rude unlike you lebelling them all the same..

    There are nice poeple out there and obviously alot of rude and discriminative people also..!!


  2. Diana

    May 1, 2013

    I enjoyed reading various stories of different aspects of being deaf. Now i am 70 years old and continue being amazed at people’ignorance of deafness and i reckon that there is no excuse these days with amazing technology and computers. Anyway lovely stories thanks


    • Irene Thornett

      November 18, 2013

      Well said, ma’am. We should all learn to respect one another, then the world would be a much better place in which to live.

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