Facts of Being Hearing Impaired, Hearing Impairment and a Hearing Impaired in a Community

Second Edition – grammatical error and omission and addition of information

I like to share a difficult issue as an awareness of hearing impairment is low currently and the high frequency of discrimination does exist. I experience citricisms and rudeness from some foreigners from developing countries who are not aware about hearing impairment culture and consider hearing impaired people as a low-caste (refer to social class)! Many hearing impaired people in developing countries are lowly educated and have a low morale there. I am born in my developed country. I had attended my public secondary school with hearing students in a same education system. Some hearing impaired people are degree holders already. I am going to describe these 3 main points – being hearing impaired, hearing impairment and a hearing impaired in a community. Firstly, being hearing impaired is to relate to self-emotion, self-manner and self-identity. Secondly, it is about what meanings and cause of hearing impairment are. Lastly, a hearing impaired in a community is about how the hearing impaired can cope in associating with normal people and has a sense of security and identity in a deaf community.

I was born as an hearing baby and later, I lost a hearing due to the illness. I really do not know what types of sounds are made but am sensitive to various vibrations (kinetic energies) from the sound energies. I have a high level of concentration curve (measurement at a period) in listening a sound vibration. When there is a noise, I could continue studying without being interrupted. I depend on my sighting for rest of my life. I start a conversation with a normal person and notice that the normal people are more responsive to the verbal approach than the written or signalled approach. Do you know it is not correct way to interrupt the conversation between a deaf and a hearing except an urgent response? But it can be not helped at all time because they can not change a habit. Sometimes, it is annoying me as I can not get their attention and do not want the uncompleted conversion. The hearing impaired people are more responsive to the written or signalled talks too.

Types of hearing impairment are mild, moderate, severe and profound.
Causes of hearing impairment are illness, physical trauma, overdosed medication, genetic and long-term exposure.

What is a distinction between hearing impaired and deaf? Hearing impairment is a medical/psychological and formal word that describe what a patient lacks or impairs sense or ability. Deafness is a literal/emotional and causal word that describe a person’s sense of identity and culture. “Deaf” is more preferred to call among us to “hearing impaired” although the latter is more formal and easy for hearing people to understand and respect the deaf. The hearing people are responsive on the 2 words differently. If you call yourself deaf, the hearing people think you are in low social class or disadvantage background. If you call yourself hearing impaired, they understand what you lack instead of your social class/background.

In a deaf community, the deaf feels more comfort in a conversation with another deaf because both feel the same identity, same language and same understanding. It is a same way that you feel comfort with your networks of same religions or cultures. In the opposite, many deaf have weakness in this community. They can not catch up with latest information from the hearing people. In addition, they have a problem of gossip addictions because there is small community that can pass information or message to every person. Their interests and knowlegde are very limited.  It is common to see some of them have low self-esteem and are in depression state. They try to be more arrogant and over-indulged.

In a family, there are some good parents who are willing to take care of deaf child. It is actually a big difficulty for the normal parents to raise the child. The handicapped child needs extra care and extreme attention. The parents are advised to visit the special community or association for guidance of how to raise the child and attend training lessons. They need to spend their time on talking with the child and encouraging her/him to join other normal children. It is common to see that the deaf child can not get a profound and good talk with their own family member. I notice that many deaf adults are on bad term with normal people even their normal family members due to shortage of a practical communication (either written or oral). They are very curious and will ask difficult questions. Some parents are still ignoring the deaf child’s difficult question because they do not know how to communicate with the child. This is an inappropriate way in the child’s development. If you want the child to be successful, please treat the child well instead of avoiding something that discourage you from the child’s development.


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