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

6 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..!!

    • Wow… rude bag! I get a lot of morons laugh at me when I say I am Deaf. Why? Because I can speak. Or they get a shock that I can drive a car. I was also rejected from a seamstress course once because I am Deaf. When they told me this, I asked “so why am I not accepted? Do I have to operate the sewing machines and scissors with my ears or something?” Pffft.


  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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