Not many people are aware of a group of people who lose their hearing later in life. This is known as acquired deafness and the term used to describe a person who loses their hearing later in life is, “Late Deafen Adults”. According to The Association for Late Deafen Adults, “Late–deafened usually means deafness that happened post–lingually, any time after the development of speech and language. Often it means after the age of adolescence (13 and above).https://www.alda.org
This sudden or even gradual hearing lost will eventually cause the person to alter their way of daily living. From finding new ways to answer their telephones, looking out for wayward cars, ordering coffee in the coffee shop to engaging family members around the dinner table. The loss of hearing is profound and life changing.
So, what would it be like to experience such an occurrence? What would you do if you were impacted by a sudden loss hearing? In our challenge we are asking you to join in for 30 minutes of no sound in a busy environment and then share your story with us.
Please note, everyone on the SIGNING Basics team is D/deaf including two late deafen adults. We are fully aware that a 30 minutes’ experience will never give you a full understanding of what real deafness is like. Even so, we value your observations and look forward to receiving your unique experience as you live for 30 minutes not relying on sound.
The sound off Challenge
To begin, find ear plugs that really work to block all sound. Then, leaving your home, apt or dorm visit a place that is busy with people. Select something from a menu and ask the server what comes with the order etc... or visit the library and ask for a book about a topic that requires back and forth communication with the librarian. The idea is for you to purposely interact and engage people for 30 minutes and share your experience.
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