being 45% hearing can be a challenge. It can also be a joy.
I identify as Hard of Hearing (HoH or hoh). deaf is (I think? Correct me if I'm wrong) when you have 30-25% of your heating profile. Deaf is when you have very little to no hearing profile, like under 25% I think.
I'm not an expert on all things D/deaf/HoH culture, but am happy to share from my own lived experience here. When appropriate, and when I have spoons for that.
navigating the system is hard and complicated and i hate that part. i hate ppl thinking i cant hear them and getting frustrated with me when i just need them to face me and say it again.
i dont like the assumptions that im just spacing out when im not. as someone with ADHD I DO space out but when i just cant hear you and i am confused and i am not in space i am right here trying to listen fucker!!!! gahhhhhhhhh
the deafie rage is real. but also so is the deafie tranquility. listening to sounds no one can hear. its a different way of listening. i feel at peace. i love taking my hearing aids off and just being. its the best.
sweet sweet relief.
there are different things you can hear when you are listening in different ways. its so nice.
technically i'm hard of hearing. although if you're lumping ppl into 2 categories, i wouldnt be in the hearing category, id be in deaf one. its a spectrum of hearing. the whole approach to sonic interaction is heavily, heavily flawed!!!!
Originally posted on Instagram on January 16th, 2022.