Deaf and Hard of Hearing


Deaf and  Hard of Hearing

If you're interesting to joining a Deaf and Hard of Hearing Group that if you've diabetic. Please ask Joyce for this.

Location: Utah
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Latest Activity: Feb 18

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Comment by joanie on February 18, 2014 at 5:48pm
I'm new to this group. I went almost deaf in my right ear last Nov. the 18th 2013. First I though my phone went dead - then I discovered it was my ear. I had all the hearing test done and it was discovered that a hearing aide wouldn't even help me. The doctor thinks it might be my Diabetes and that one day the hearing might come back.

I am very interested to see if anyone has had any experiences like this.
Comment by Linda on June 18, 2013 at 11:11am

Hi, I am new to this page.i am a Type 2 andI have severe hearing loss in both ears and wear hearing aids in both. I can't hear much without them. I don't think of myself as handicapped. I only feel that way when I am in groups because it is impossible for me to follow conversations. I don't know anyone with a hearing loss so it will be great to meet kindred spirits.

Comment by StarRose on June 7, 2013 at 1:41pm

HI Im new to this page and im deaf and live in Upstate NY

Comment by Stemwinder (Gary) on February 1, 2013 at 6:45pm

Hello folks. I suffer from noise related hearing loss. I was too stubborn to listen when everyone told me that my woodworking machines were going to damage my hearing. My hearing loss is not profound but is considered moderate. My main problem is understanding others since I do not hear all frequencies equally. I'm 3 months into my first set of hearing aids. Sometimes I love them and somtimes I hate them.

I have found they make great earplugs when they are turned off. That's especially useful when the grandkids are over and it's time for my Sunday afternoon nap.

Comment by Chaplain ET on July 31, 2012 at 8:11pm

Kiva; I was told I was made deaf in my left ear due to a case of measles that I had,early in life. My left ear is totally deaf (nerve deafness). But, it's nice to be able to go to bed, ANYWHERE, and put my hearing ear on the pillow, and get instant silence and go to sleep! Chaplain ET.

Comment by kiva on July 31, 2012 at 7:28pm

Hi all, fifty three year old husband, father and grandfather. I had scarlet fever when I was not quite three becoming deaf without the aid of hearing aids. Considered a pre-lingual hearing loss as I hadn't started to even speak at that point, it would be almost two more years before my parents heard my voice for the first time.

I can remember my mother retelling the "story" always wraping up with, " . . . and we haven't been able to shut him up since." It took me years after becoming a parent myself before realizing that everytime I was present she always made eye contact with me regardless of how old I wasm while the look in her eyes and face conveyed that she wouldn't stop me if she could.

I wasn't raised in the Deaf Community although I did learn to sign as a child as well as speech read later on. While I'm culturally hearing, the introvert in me really loves the ability to "unplug" from the noise around me and go silent.

Comment by rosebud on March 20, 2012 at 8:52pm

I have Type 2 diabetis...I am also deaf...with hearing aids I have limited hearing aids. does any one know where you can get hearing aids for little or no cost? The Lion's Club in our area took info and application almost a year ago and have heard nothing back..I have contacted them and still nothing...I am in dire need to Hear!

Comment by Tom Goffe on March 16, 2012 at 5:40am

I'm using a Minimed 723 insulin pump and embarrassed to admit that unless I'm in an environment with little to no noise that I simply cannot hear alarms. I've recently added the Revel Continuous Glucose Monitor to the mix to better manage my blodo glucose, but if I cannot hear high or low BG alarms the utility of the device is greatly diminished. Minimed makes an alarm designed to notify parents when a child on the pump has a problem - kind of like a high-tech baby monitor for diabetics. The only problem is that the new device - called the My Sentry - costs $3,000.00. I wonder if any other folks who are hard of hearing use an alternative device to provide alternative notification or amplification of alarms they cannot otherwise hear?

Comment by naz on March 16, 2012 at 1:03am

HI all
im i australia middle aged female who wears haring aids
i hate that the batteries dont last long and when u get sinuse and your ears are more blocked and when i do voluntary worka nd want to really feel like part of the colleagues you cant even hear ll that ges on so get real embarrased when yor name is called and get so startled trying to hear othr conversatins around you
it seems real irrelevant and not how other oeople with normal hearing seem

Comment by mary on November 21, 2011 at 7:20pm

Judith....Yes HA's are not cheap, and few insurance companies cover them. Are you able to turn on the captions on your TV?

Pastelpainter.........Yes, some people think once you get your HA's your hearing returns to normal, which is not the case. They help, but they do not restore normal hearing. Even HA's have their disadvantages.

When I lost my hearing in my 2nd ear, I decided I needed to learn some ASL. I was the only deaf person in the class, most were college kids taking it as a 2nd language. My teacher was deaf from birth, but she learned to lip read first, she learned ASL herself after she became an adult. She did not grow up in the Deaf community. I took it for 2 years. I started an ASL group at the local Barnes and Noble store, but the store closed.

Now my hubby and I use it as a fill in for, repeats, subject changes etc. My daughter and sister also know a little and my granddaughter knows some. It really helps to keep in practice. Never for a minute did I regret that I learned some ASL. Even if you are never fluent, I definitely helps.

At the monthly HLAA meetings we have a 20 minute practice of ASL. All this helps me to stay in practice and not lose what little skills I have.



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