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I Am Deaf

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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 13-15, F 2 Responses Jun 21, 2013

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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 because I couldn't hear. I never found out I was deaf until I was about 8 or 9 years old. It is harder to adapt the older you are as you get...
    LittleMissDaredevil LittleMissDaredevil 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 12, 2012

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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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    Not really sure what I'd ask people

    but I was wondering if there are any deaf people on here that would to talk about their deafness. Would be interesting to talk to you as I haven't properly talked to another deaf person. Hearing people can ask me questions if they are curious too :)
    LFCno1 LFCno1 22-25, M 2 Responses May 27

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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 Deaf culture. What do you think is the most important thing for these children to know about sign language and Deaf culture...
    trehuginhipee trehuginhipee 26-30, F 3 Responses Oct 20, 2010

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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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    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 help a lot though, except at night when I take them out to go to sleep. I'm 16 and I have a one year old son, my...
    KarsenAndBen KarsenAndBen 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 17, 2012

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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...
    dudeyboy233 dudeyboy233 22-25, M 2 Responses Oct 21, 2013

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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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    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 years ago, I got my cholear implant for first time. I woke up and jump up from the chair after received the new sounds. I...
    chocolatelover chocolatelover 46-50, F 7 Responses Dec 30, 2007

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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 years of my childhood, there was only one ear that resounded with noise, my trusty right, while the left lay in...
    madelinefish madelinefish 16-17, F May 10, 2013

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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% loss in one ears in a certain in range which now is 70% in that range in both ears. I got hearing aides from the VA...
    dorobo dorobo 70+, M 18 Responses May 1, 2008

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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 through life. I thought like a hearing person, acted like a hearing person and had only hearing friends. I was...
    kymcakes kymcakes 41-45, F 3 Responses Oct 17, 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 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 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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    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, M Jul 16

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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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    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?" they get frustrated. I've covered my ears & watched people talk to each other. Deaf people are amazing..Once, a friend...
    mlynn913 mlynn913 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 11, 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. :) I use sign language fluently but not as fluently in my opinion since I speak pidgin signed exactly english and...
    ChandaMija ChandaMija 26-30 1 Response Oct 30, 2012

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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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    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, M 3 Responses Jul 16

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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 9 Responses Nov 6, 2012

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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 feel the same thing. lots of love frm ladyboy xxxxx
    lords lords 36-40 1 Response Oct 17, 2009

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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 one ear and I believe 15% in the other doesn't seem like much but it got worse due to cronic ear infections I had tubes twice as a child, and now its that time at 20 I...
    Shortstack03 Shortstack03 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 4, 2012

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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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    It is important to remember

    that deaf people deserve the respect that would be given to any other person. Many deaf people prefer not to receive any special treatment other than the occasional use of an interpreter for things such as at doctor appointments, during work, or while conducting a business...
    deafkelly deafkelly 36-40, F 3 Responses 2 days ago

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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 3 Responses Sep 3

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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 closed so I had wics implanted in my ears to force them to stay open. They hurt so bad and I felt like they were way too far...
    TeenMommyof4 TeenMommyof4 16-17, F Nov 2, 2012

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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 1 Response Jul 22, 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 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

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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 4 Responses Jan 4

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    alwaystakeabanana alwaystakeabanana 16-17, M 1 Response May 6

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    I was born normal in 1974.

    15 years later, I became very sick with a high fever of 105. I almost did not survive. But a few weeks later, I was home again. A few days later Mom heard a really loud “BOOM!” She asked me if I heard anything, but I did not know she was speaking until she walked around and...
    deafkelly deafkelly 36-40, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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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...
    Cocosavethetatas Cocosavethetatas 22-25, F 3 Responses Mar 22, 2013

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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 as a Hearie) I love and respect Deaf individuals- not all naturally just because you are Deaf is not enough for me to find...
    sugarmag74 sugarmag74 36-40, F 1 Response Jan 1, 2013

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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 to having a significant hearing loss that following my first hearing tests was described by my audiologist as being a mild to moderate...
    ris9358 ris9358 51-55, M 2 Responses Apr 28, 2012

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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 2 Responses Mar 11

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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 500Hz 1kHz 2kHz 3kHz 4kHz 6kHz 8kHz L 70 80 85 95 100 100 110 90 R...
    ris9358 ris9358 51-55, M 1 Response Apr 12, 2013

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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 various stories of both deaf and hearing folks. I am a finance professional and love my job. Am looking for friends (deaf or hearing...doesn't matter...
    AshburnVaMale AshburnVaMale 46-50, M 7 Responses May 10, 2011

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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 5 Responses Aug 7

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    I was born normal in 1974. 15 years later, I became very sick with a high fever of 105. I almost did not survive. But a few weeks later, I was home again. A few days later Mom...
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    When the question comes up "If you had to choose between being blind or deaf, what would you choose?" I instantly choose blind. If I were deaf, I would kill myself. My life is...
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    You don' realize how deafening the silence will be until you are enduring it. Today, a very special person left my life. And it left a gaping hole. I want to add more, but it is...
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    What ever way the wind blows Normally I wouldn't give it a second thought However today of all days it's blowing a gale right into ME What have I done to deserve this crazy thought...
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    If pen and paper could speak to us the things they would say. Readers and writers would understand . They would wonder how is it that the deepest darkest and painful things are...
    prohibitedobsession prohibitedobsession 26-30, F 3 days ago

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    "Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you! You were within me, but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for you. In my unloveliness...
    randGirl randGirl 22-25, F 2 Responses Sep 1

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    NIGHTLIFE PART I Spirits wander freely in the fresh crisp air of the moonlit night. Lost souls among us in our ignorant bliss going about our daily lives all the while they are...
    mskellie36 mskellie36 36-40, F Sep 1

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    I found this article online about highly sensitive people and their traits. It was a good read, explaining that being so tuned into others is definitely a positive. In a world full...
    Indigolesbian70 Indigolesbian70 41-45, F 3 Responses Sep 2

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    Dear Cali, I don’t know how exactly to explain this to you in a way that you might understand. I’ll try to start from the beginning, but even that might not be enough. You see...
    GiantKaiju GiantKaiju 22-25, M Sep 3

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