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I Am Deaf

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 162 People

    I hope to meet more deaf people,

    as I don't know any, and I would like to learn more sign so that I can communicate with deaf people when I DO come across them. And being around deaf people would force me to learn it faster. If there is anyone in brisbane Qld with the patience to hang out with me, that would be...
    NoJuanNose NoJuanNose 22-25, F 3 Responses Jul 16, 2014

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    alwaystakeabanana alwaystakeabanana 16-17, M 2 Responses May 6, 2014

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    Hi guys. My name is Matt

    and I'm deaf. I've been deaf since birth and it's never really bothered me. I decided on my fifteenth birthday that I didn't want a cochlear implant, and my parents were really supportive in making the decision. I want to go to Gallaudet university and study to become a vet. I'm...
    Bingbongbingbong Bingbongbingbong 16-17, M 1 Response Jul 28, 2015

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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 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 11, 2014

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    hello. my name is Abigail

    and I'm 14. I have wanted to be part of the deaf community since I was 10. so I decided to learn asl. I am hearing, but I would like to meet people that do have hearing 'disabilities' as society calls it. please do give me a message if you would like to chat. I respect people...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Aug 22, 2015

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    I am deaf and wonder

    if I should give up on the women that can hear and go for a deaf woman for a girlfriend and possible future wife.
    BlaiddDrwg69 BlaiddDrwg69 46-50, M 2 Responses Aug 21, 2015

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    I had a good experience over the weekend.

    I was on a charter flight that had me, my friend, and another couple that had a son who was about 5 or 6. Their son was deaf. I had the most delightful conversation with him during our flight. His parents seemed happy that their son could meet another deaf person and...
    tachem46032 tachem46032 51-55, M Sep 15, 2015

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    Hello my name is Brittney,

    and I am deaf. I just want to say, I am proud of being Deaf!! Message me if you want to
    brittafritta brittafritta 18-21, F 5 Responses Dec 21, 2015

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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 why. Nobody in my family has hearing problems. I use to be super insecure about it. I would cry because i felt stupid because i couldn't hear. I...
    BaileeNoelle1 BaileeNoelle1 22-25, F 2 Responses Jul 22, 2013

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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  that when i was born. Doctors told her that I was born deaf, but my mom said to them, " No she is not, I saw her responding to the sounds...
    Vikusha Vikusha 16-17 10 Responses Nov 1, 2008

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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 please let me know, I'd love to talk and get to know you...
    deleted deleted 26-30 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 22-25, M 2 Responses Jan 20, 2014

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    vvyyaa vvyyaa 61-65, M 2 Responses Jan 30, 2015

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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 give up just because I am deaf. I know that life is short and I will try to be positive and be strong. Hearing...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Oct 21, 2013

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    I'm kind of annoyed at hearing people posting

    here. Being an ally means letting people have their own space.
    sighless sighless 18-21, T 1 Response Dec 1, 2015

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    Hello everyone. My name is Daniel

    and unfortunately my first post on this page I am the bearer of bad news. Some of you may have read my brother Matt's posts about being deaf, and unfortunately a couple days ago he died in the hospital. He had some problems with his heart and there's a bunch of medical...
    bingbong2 bingbong2 13-15, M 2 Responses Oct 17, 2015

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    I've been quite hesitant to make this experience

    because I feel like people on here might judge me, I was born without the ability to hear. I know sign language and most of my close friends do too. Not being able to hear isn't as lonely as most people imagine it to be, I still interact with lots of people just in a different...
    CountingTo10 CountingTo10 18-21 2 Responses Oct 19, 2014

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    The questions I got asked everyday by random

    people which intend to pushed my button most of the times - "Hello, can you hear me?" "How come you can hear?" "If you can't hear.. How come you can talk?" "But you're deaf?" "How does this cochlear implant work?" "Oh sorry, can you hear me? Do you understand what I'm saying...
    khylton96 khylton96 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 13, 2015

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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 28 now) my hearing on my left seems to be degrading more and more to where my hearing aid isn't giving me enough clarity and I...
    Ashlization85 Ashlization85 26-30, F 1 Response Feb 18, 2014

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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 relationship with a deaf girl? You think its a challenge? It is double challenge. Online dating has no limitation and anyone can sign in and have...
    DeafSocial DeafSocial 26-30, F Nov 16, 2012

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    To the guy who thought I wouldn't understand

    what he's saying because I'm deaf: I can read lips very well. You, sir, are an a**. That is all.
    miamichick191 miamichick191 18-21, F 7 Responses Aug 7, 2014

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    I have been deaf all my life,

    and have had my ups and downs. Reflecting, on the past, and what will hold for my future. The one thing I hate is not really being able to listen to music, I can hear it, but being tone deaf sucks! I give my soul to hear music. I mean really hear it!! All in all, being deaf has...
    BlaiddDrwg69 BlaiddDrwg69 46-50, M 1 Response Jul 26, 2015

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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 my lover makes when we have sex Hearing my Daughter sing Not catching everything in daily conversation Hearing all the...
    Tara1972 Tara1972 36-40, F 7 Responses Nov 6, 2012

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    anyone my age? I'm not deaf.

    But I'm mute and I'm learning/know asl. I just want friends like me... I'm lonely. no friends at all. please message me.
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Sep 19, 2015

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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 wondering if anyone out there who is deaf could tell me a bit about peoples reactions? i'm scared people won't want to bother...
    LilyRoo LilyRoo 18-21, F 17 Responses Oct 10, 2009

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    Hey all, im not deaf.

    But I wanted to share what happened to me tonight. So I have a fruiend who has troubkle communicating sometimes, as she has a "trachy" (a pipe in her throat perminantly, helping her to breath) so she had to learn some sign. I met her through a mutual friend, after I mentioned...
    NoJuanNose NoJuanNose 22-25, F 3 Responses Jul 16, 2014

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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 to my family or friends in public. It is just who I am, I can't change it. But, when some one looks at me with pity, that drives me insane. I was BORN...
    deafdream deafdream 18-21, F 12 Responses Nov 26, 2009

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    Hello, my name is Kim

    and I'm from UK. I was born deaf and I was raised in a hearing world and in a deaf world at the same time. I can't say that I like one better than I like the other... I like them both. I speak pretty well and I gesture, if I don't understand something, you know - pen and paper...
    khylton96 khylton96 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 13, 2015

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    closethegap closethegap 46-50, F 1 Response Sep 10, 2015

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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 much about deaf culture and their language.They seem to think that deaf people are stupid, awkward and unable to...
    DeafSocial DeafSocial 26-30, F 6 Responses Apr 5, 2012

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    I am NOT Deaf, but this is the only ASL thing I

    can find. I am am interpreting student who is looking to make Deaf friends around my age and really be more involved in the Community. I'm always open to chat and sign! 😁
    deleted deleted 26-30 Nov 2, 2015

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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 made me deaf and I do not blame him. He has given me a life that made me a stronger person. I do lip read when a person speaks...
    Berryqueen Berryqueen 41-45, F 5 Responses Jan 4, 2014

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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 then brought to a pediatric who was concerned with my babbling - I was just muttering gibberish. No "baba" for bottle, "mama...
    Alareshu Alareshu 16-17, F 3 Responses Feb 18, 2012

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    Well im hard-of-hearing

    and have been since I was 6-7 years old (I'm 18 now). At the time when they said I have bad hearing and need hearing aids, they told me (well my mom) that I had the hearing of a 70 year old and that I was possibly going to go completely deaf by the age of 15. My right ear is far...
    MeeeKazz MeeeKazz 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 8, 2015

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    I was born deaf and have worn hearing aids

    since I was 2. With that said, I grew up hearing, up until this year, I've never been around deaf people. I grew up thinking I was alone, that I was in a minority inside of a minority. I grew up inside a hearing world thinking that i just happened to be there, not knowing that...
    alxvii alxvii 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 7, 2015

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    Ok well I am now deaf in my left ear.

    My disease has another side effect that causes hearing loss. They doctors expect me to lose hearing in the other ear in a few days. Now I need to start learning sign language.
    legendgirl legendgirl 18-21, F 4 Responses Sep 3, 2014

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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 trying to get attention from those who hurt you. stop hating your body, your face, your personality, your...
    DeafSocial DeafSocial 26-30, F Jul 9, 2012

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    its so hard to find a right job

    because im deaf. i have a cochella implant aka hearing aid but not good enough. i cant communicate on phone that well. i cant understand what people saying. its bad for business.... i feel so useless. my brother said he understand it but he doesnt. cause he was never in my shoe...
    forrestgump23 forrestgump23 22-25, M 2 Responses Apr 16, 2015

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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 think lots of people who don't understand are rude, and I am trying to change that. My cousin is deaf, and after meeting her for the first time, I was...
    Randomization13 Randomization13 16-17, F 4 Responses Jun 21, 2013

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    Life as a deaf person is quite tough

    but everyday digital things are much better for us. We were able to talk using different things like Skype or Loop and text messages. People going deaf will have a hard time adjusting and while they do, they find out who their real friends are. I don't like being deaf...
    Myalee Myalee 41-45, F 3 Responses May 6, 2015

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