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I Am Deaf

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    I was told I was born Deaf, but I'm not. - The story begins in Ukraine, Kiev: I believe I lost my hearing at age of 3. But mom says I was born "deaf" because doctors told her...
    Vikusha Vikusha 16-17 10 Responses Nov 1, 2008

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    Open Yourself To Possibilities Of Finding Love - Relationships are hard enough to start, harder to maintain and hardest to break. How would you cope with chatting and having a...
    DeafSocial DeafSocial 26-30, F Nov 16, 2012

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    Losing Hearing - I'd like to say I had it when I came in and now can't find it but that's only partly accurate. I began to have problems hearing some years ago but tests showed 40...
    dorobo dorobo 70+, M 18 Responses May 1, 2008

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    Seperate Sound... - I have never had to experience what it feels like to be deaf. Sometimes, I can't hear what people are saying unless they're facing me. When people hear "What...
    mlynn913 mlynn913 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 11, 2012

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    Deaf Person's Emotional - There are a lot of negative attitudes that affect a deaf person's emotions, social life, at school and at work.There are many people who don’t know very...
    DeafSocial DeafSocial 26-30, F 6 Responses Apr 5, 2012

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    I'M Not Personally Deaf. - Im not deaf but I do know ASL ( American sine language) and have deaf friends and really love the deaf community. So if you're interested in a friend...
    cocosdeadheart cocosdeadheart 22-25, F 4 Responses Mar 22, 2013

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    Now I don't mind it. Thanks to ep I can still have conversations with people.
    Ninjalambo Ninjalambo 18-21, M 2 Responses Jan 20

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    I am deaf. Please don't pity me.  I've led a full life and had many good and bad experiences.  I just roll with the punches and grow from it. God had a sense of humor when he...
    Berryqueen Berryqueen 41-45, F 3 Responses Jan 4

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    Not Personally Deaf - I wanted to write this story because I am not Deaf. I do however work within the Deaf community and wanted to be a part of this group. Please except me (even...
    sugarmag74 sugarmag74 36-40, F 1 Response Jan 1, 2013

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    I Was Born Partialy Deaf, Due To An Ear Infection(s) I Was Born With - I am not complete Deaf but have very little hearing in my left ear, I was born with a 25% loss of hearing in...
    Shortstack03 Shortstack03 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 4, 2012

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    Hey You - Yes, you, stop being unhappy with yourself. you are perfect. stop wishing you looked like someone else or wishing peopel liked you as much as they like someone else. stop...
    DeafSocial DeafSocial 26-30, F Jul 9, 2012

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    Hi- I've Been Deaf All My Life From German Measles - Been deaf since birth and found EP through a friend of mine who told me about this. This has been great and enabled me to read...
    AshburnVaMale AshburnVaMale 46-50, M 7 Responses May 10, 2011

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    Annual Check Up - I went to the audiology clinic last week to have my hearing tested, my ears checked and my hearing aids serviced. My audiogram showed my loss as; 250Hz 50...
    ris9358 ris9358 51-55 1 Response Apr 12, 2013

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    Important Question - I am not deaf, I am a student of ASL, BUT I really need some advice from deaf people. I am going to be teaching a group of 3rd grade students about ASL and...
    trehuginhipee trehuginhipee 26-30, F 3 Responses Oct 20, 2010

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    Halfway Deaf - I can't hear out of my left ear at all, its never been there. Its always been my deaf ear since birth. I'm 20% deaf and it keeps fading away slowly. My hearing aids...
    KarsenAndBen KarsenAndBen 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 17, 2012

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    Visually Impaired - I have vision problems. But I do have clients who are deaf. I learned ASL and Helen Kellar. It does get interesting.
    retiredfather retiredfather 61-65, M May 13, 2009

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    New Experience of Sounds - I used to wear hearing aids, but it was not helping for my loud voice to tone it down. I gave it up when I was in college and haven't worn it since. 3...
    chocolatelover chocolatelover 46-50, F 7 Responses Dec 30, 2007

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    Deaf... - Hello :)I am not deaf. I am currently taking an ASL class. I have NEVER been around someone who is deaf.ASL is fun, it is another way to express myself without speaking...
    mlynn913 mlynn913 18-21, F 3 Responses Oct 23, 2011

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    i was born deaf and i hate it. i get bully all the time. now i go to deaf school and i hate it. i wish people will understand that i was born to be deaf.
    stackhousesarah16 stackhousesarah16 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 11

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    Just Because I Am Deaf Doesn't Mean I Want Pity - I was born a deafie, so I have always used ASL and it has never really bothered me that much that people stare at me when I sign...
    deafdream deafdream 18-21, F 12 Responses Nov 26, 2009

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    Deaf Tranny In The Uk - i am deaf form england in the u.k. i am a tranny been doing for 8yrs now i am a woman. i was born in the wrong body trap female body inside.do any deaf...
    lords lords 36-40 1 Response Oct 17, 2009

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    From Hearing To Deaf In 5 Years - I'm in my mid 50s and have always enjoyed having normal hearing, until about 5 years ago. Over about an 18 month period I went from been hearing...
    ris9358 ris9358 51-55 2 Responses Apr 28, 2012

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    I'm tired of people taking advantage of me just because I am deaf
    Ashleyd40 Ashleyd40 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 10, 2013

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    Deaf Pride - I am deaf. I was born hearing, became deaf in my left ear at age 9 due to Mumps and high fevers. Growing up hard of hearing was okay, I learned to social bluff my way...
    kymcakes kymcakes 41-45, F 3 Responses Oct 17, 2012

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    Iam Hearing Impaired But Iam Also Deaf - iam deaf in my left ear. i have profound hearing loss in my right ear thats why iam in two differnt groups. iam loosing my hearing in my...
    tristamiranda tristamiranda 36-40, F 6 Responses Jan 14, 2012

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    My Profound Experience - Let's see, now.... I suppose I'll start at the beginning? I was born to two hearing parents. We lived in happy bliss for over one and a half years. I was...
    Alareshu Alareshu 16-17, F 3 Responses Feb 18, 2012

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    Deaf In Mensa - I just found www.deafvideo.tv, www.deafcube.com, and www.alldeaf.com, but none of them offer what I seek. Then I found ExperienceProject. Hmm, giving it a try here...
    ChandaMija ChandaMija 26-30 1 Response Oct 30, 2012

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    Partial Deafness - I have always gotten extremely bad ear infections. Once I had them in both ears and in both inner, middle, and outer parts of my ears. My ears were swelled...
    TeenMommyof4 TeenMommyof4 16-17, F Nov 2, 2012

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    Yes I Am Also Deaf - I am deaf in my Right ear and hard of hearing in my left ear, been like that since birth well got worse as the time went on.
    WAClint WAClint 36-40, M 4 Responses Oct 8, 2009

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    I'M Deaf. - I want to say something about me. I am profoundly since birth, I am proud to be deaf. Being deaf in a hearing world is hard and frustrating but it doesn't mean I should...
    dudeyboy233 dudeyboy233 22-25, M 2 Responses Oct 21, 2013

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    I live in a world of sound and deafness. When I was in kindergarten I had a fever of 104.4 and I lost complete hearing in my right ear and partial on my left. Over the years (I'm...
    Ashlization85 Ashlization85 26-30, F 1 Response Feb 18

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    I'm Going Deaf... - Hello, i'm 18 and because of a childhood illness i am losing my hearing. Both my ears are fairly terrible, but i think my right one is a bit better. I was...
    LilyRoo LilyRoo 18-21, F 17 Responses Oct 10, 2009

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    How I Am Deaf? - Hello  i BORN HARD OF HEARING TILL 14 MONTHS OLD  i found that i am profound deaf  i AM SHY TO WRITE STORY I ALSO SLEEPY
    crazypurple12 crazypurple12 46-50, F Jul 5, 2010

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    BAHA - Does anyone wear a cordell II BAHA - I'm looking for tips on how to get the best out of mine. Thanks.
    SiouxC SiouxC 46-50 Mar 23, 2009

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    I Often Feel Like I Am On My Own... - I have no hearing in my left ear and have very little in my right. When I was first school, I never talked. The doctors now think this was...
    LittleMissDaredevil LittleMissDaredevil 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 12, 2012

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    Becoming Deaf - This year, I turned 16. And have learned many things. Reached a happy medium. But it wasn't like this before. Before, I was distraught. For all the accumulating...
    madelinefish madelinefish 16-17, F May 10, 2013

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    My Deaf Experience-What I Never Thought Possible. - I am not deaf, but I am amazed by deaf people. I think you are amazing in the ways that you accept how you are different. I...
    Randomization13 Randomization13 13-15, F 2 Responses Jun 21, 2013

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    Learning To Be Proud Of Being Half Deaf. - Lets see. I am half deaf. They did a hearing test in 1st grade and that's when they found out. I have been my whole life. We don't know...
    BaileeNoelle1 BaileeNoelle1 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 22, 2013

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    Things I Miss Being Deaf - Hearing music Listening to birds singing The sound of gentle rain on the roof Hearing the wind chimes outside my home Listening to the sounds...
    Tara1972 Tara1972 36-40, F 9 Responses Nov 6, 2012

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    I have very very huge deal worrying problem with Holy Spirit you know, I am deaf to Holy Spirit and I am deaf and I don't practice read lip but in worrying I don't want be...
    ChristianColeCrosman ChristianColeCrosman 13-15, M 5 Responses Mar 25

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    From a young age I sort of knew my dad was very simple minded. And I am my father's son. He suffered severe depression and was even committed twice. He gave birth to me in his mid...
    Arv65 Arv65 46-50 Apr 6

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    I'm deaf and proud, nobody wouldn't allow call deaf dumb! We r not MONSTER
    diamondink diamondink 18-21, F Mar 29

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    I know a few signs. But I'm not sure in what language. The love sign, is the same American/English/French. But others aren't. I grabbed a few things, but very little, just watching...
    WickedScullyOfTheWest WickedScullyOfTheWest 31-35, F Mar 29

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    The first panic attack I experienced has two very odd contributing factors. One being I had a very very strong latte at this little cafe. And the other involves a belly bar...
    SassySam77 SassySam77 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 1

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    - The Natural Church Revealed - How many times can we take it, seeing many new born believers come and go, I mean, one comes to repentence, and time and times again, then we...
    MysteriousBlu10 MysteriousBlu10 22-25, F 3 Responses Apr 6

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    Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. ( Mark Twain )
    alx99 alx99 36-40, F 2 Responses Mar 16

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    All the sounds I hear are extremely loud. I may have been like this my whole life, but it's getting worse now. People talking, laughing, babies crying, cars, machines, phones...
    mad95 mad95 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 16

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    Massive post ahead. My dogs have always had a deep place in my heart and I care for all dogs. They've been my closest friends and I like to have as many as I can afford. For me...
    Twichl Twichl 18-21, F Mar 16

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    I had a real bad experience, man. Charlie Croker: [from their Netcom Cable van] What happened? Left Ear: I had. A bad. Experience. Damn it. "I'm" deaf!
    Alexdrunkunc Alexdrunkunc 18-21 Mar 17

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    It's crazy how "first loves" work. Nobody takes it seriously. Your elders classify it as puppy love, your peers classify it as pure fun, but to you it's the most magical and and...
    loverspoem93 loverspoem93 18-21, F Mar 18

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    I'm not stupid...Almost everyone treats me like I'm stupid or slow but I'm not....Even my teachers treat me like I'm stupid ... Sure I'm not as smart as the kids around here but I...
    NoWordsToSpeak NoWordsToSpeak 13-15, F Mar 20

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