Learn more about being late deafened.
Signing Since Late Teens
- I am 69 and have been Deaf since about 19. Weak hearing before. ASL not a decision--just a comfortable choice. Deaf not confusing. Confusing was who,what I was as a person. Not as a Deaf person, just what should I do with my life kind of person. Info from every people--not much sense with it. I have no memory of what is hearing like. I am just Deaf and contented with it. Six or more years now too many hearing only people surround my life, but my children/grandchildren all sign. I am head tumors, stroke, fibromyalgia, diabetes, false knees, all that stuff, but Deaf is who and what I am no matter what.
- —Guest Susan Cruse
Trying to Learn ASL Later
- My hearing was damaged when I was a toddler, so in the early grades I tested with I guess minimal loss. But of course, since it was nerve damage it progressed. At the age of 30 I got my first ITE and my tests said above 40dB loss. Twenty years later, a lady invited me to her ASL classes. Since the instructor could not understand to put the word she was signing in a sentence, I could not make out what she was saying. I've asked other instructors about this and they don't seem to comprehend that I must have full sentences spoken. I'm still looking for an ASL class.