I have always known at some point in my life I would lose my hearing. Hearing loss runs in my family and I was diagnosed with it around 17 or 18 years of age. Around 48 years of age, it dropped off dramatically. I now retain around 3% to 5% of my hearing, which is really not much. Anyway, I started picking up ASL a few years ago and pretty much know enough that my wife (whose hearing is fine) and I can communicate. It's when I get around others that sign fluently that I have trouble. So, I'm working on it, trying to learn more of it and hopefully will get faster at it.