You’re deaf, but you talk good…

World collides 1Warren Miller,
Indianapolis, IN.

I have been profoundly deaf since early childhood but raised in a hearing family and attended an oral school. I was not exposed to Deaf culture and American Sign Language until college. Hearing people do not see me as deaf because I “talk good” (even though I heavily rely on a hearing aid and lip reading and sometimes an ASL interpreter). Deaf people, on the other hand, consider me “think-hearing” because I speak well and rely on my hearing aid and lip reading skills more than ASL. Like my painting illustrates, I am between two worlds.

 

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