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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
Members: 29
Latest Activity: Sep 18, 2014

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Comment by Angela on August 9, 2014 at 4:42am
Hi I know that feeling people do think your stupid and get very rude when you politely explain that you need to lip read so please look at my face when talking. Even when they know they still talk to the floor make rude comments about my insulin pump and Dexcom alarms ... still trying to work out to continue fighting discrimination bad attitudes ect and be exhausted by it or sit in a room so no one has to be stressed by me having a disability they Don, t understand. ..!
Comment by Patti on August 8, 2014 at 2:07pm

My hearing dog passed away 4 years ago now. I haven't had the heart to get another one yet. We had 3 cats when we had him. He had no issues with them other than wanting to play. I find hearing loss such a challenge because it's a silent disability - it's not really visible to others. I find that people either think I'm rude or stupid if I don't tell them I have a hearing loss. Or sometimes even if I do tell them, they STILL think I'm rude or stupid! :) Sometimes I feel like my body is my enemy between the hearing loss and diabetes. Nothing works the way I want it to! Keep fighting the good fight you guys.

Comment by Kate on August 8, 2014 at 12:44pm

New to this site. Got Diabetes just before 40th birthday in 1991, Double by-pass in 2000 .
Now, hearing aid in Right ear . After having an infection in my left ear Dr is now doing a Cat Scan to see what's up.
Feel like a Timex, Just keep on Ticking.
Thank Goodness for my husband , he is still working to pay for my medical insurance.
Take Care,

Comment by Angela on August 8, 2014 at 9:49am
I am having many issues including being banned or suspended from a gym for 6 months because I ate a sweet to keep my glucose levels during exercise. To fighting with a centre for almost a year to put in a loop system so I can access my course as I am behind as I can, t hear well they find my disability a challenge!!! I am so exhausted by it all. Glad you got a dog for hearing. My diabetes team wanted me to apply for one but I have cats which might be an issue.
Comment by Patti on August 8, 2014 at 7:24am

Hi Angela. I too lost my hearing in my early 20's. I only have about 5 percent left now in my 40's. I feel the same way. I hate parties and noisy restaurants! It's almost impossible to follow a conversation when you hear EVERYTHING through your hearing aides! I find myself checking out and just sitting there. The best thing I ever did was get a hearing dog. He broke that social isolation down and helped me be more confident in social situations. Plus he was a giant 100 pound reminder with a bright orange vest that I had a hearing loss. People tended to be more conscientious when talking to me.

Comment by Angela on August 8, 2014 at 12:37am
Hi I am type 1 diabetic and started losing my hearing in my early 20 ies I now use hearing aids in both ears but find it difficult to manage in large groups noise places and often find my hearing aids make things harder to hear speech. I struggle to hear the Alarms on devices but manage. I find that despite telling people they still talk to me by looking at the floor. I have found this issue really frustrating and isolating.
Comment by Patti on June 26, 2014 at 6:36pm
Hi. I'm new to Tudiabetes and found this group. I too lost my hearing suddenly about 25 years ago. The doctors never gave me a reason but I wonder if it was undiagnosed hearing loss. I wear bilateral hearing aids or I wouldn't hear much of anything. I haven't considered myself as disabled just different.
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


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