Sometimes it's a daily struggle in life, to get others to understand how deaf I really am. It's especially hard being in a room with a group of people as in a classroom, when you're the only deaf person there. I am the one that has to make an effort to let others around me realize they need to face me when they speak. Most people think I am hearing because I speak normally, so they really can't tell I have a hearing loss. People have constantly told me that I can hear very well, well this isn't true, it's the opposite and I have have the facts. When they face me when they speak, I lipread them very well, therefore it appears I am picking up all the words. I am good at faking it and making people all around think I can hear, but I really can't. They think I am hearing the words, but no, I lipread the words. I could pass for a hearing person and you wouldn't know the difference. But I really don't want to do that and make things more difficult for me. It's best to tell the truth to others, when they don't know the facts.
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