For those of you that know me and follow my journey many of you know that with a Cochlear Implant/ Hearing Aids either your child or yourself DOESN'T HEAR EVERYTHING with the device on. We all know THAT IS NOT THE CASE. I KNOW ALL OF YOU WILL AGREE WITH ME ON THIS!!!!
People ALWAYS ASSUME JUST BECAUSE I HAVE MY COCHLEAR IMPLANT ON means that I CAN HEAR THEM! Even before I had my implant, wearing hearing aids people always thought since I have it on I CAN HEAR THEM FINE! " you have your hearing aids on." I would thank to myself " YEAH AND?" NO that is NOT THE CASE. I wish it was.
Thankfully I got very lucky hearing so well with my implant being that its only 3 months but I am still learning, and have along way to go. Its only the beginning. There are times I need someone help.
For ex: Last Night I went to dunkin donuts and I couldn't understand the cashier that didn't speak English so I asked the person that was next to me if he could repeat what he was saying.
Hearing people I am tired of being misunderstood I really am. If I have an Implant on and If I don't respond to you that means I did not hear you. I am not ignoring you.
I understand that you wont ever have a clue what its like to LIVE WITH DEAFNESS or HEARING LOSS until your in my shoes.... but please stop saying to me
" YOU HAVE YOUR IMPLANT ON" because it does make me feel awful.
This happened to me 2x yesterday. I just dont want to be misunderstood anymore...
The worst part of it all is I talk like a hearing person you wouldn't know if I was deaf until I told you. This doesn't help much in this kind of situation. Sometimes I do think that If I didn't speak so well that It would help remind people I cant hear. Although I am very thankful for all that speech support I had since I was a baby.
Have you ever felt misunderstood about your hearing loss?
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