Jun 03 2013

Cultural Identity

Published by at 11:13 pm under Open Chat Night

Growing up hard of hearing, I always found myself stuck between two worlds—deaf and hearing.  In third grade, I was fully mainstreamed with hearing students, and as the only hard of hearing student in the entire school and in my family, I didn’t have the opportunity or the skills to interact with hard of hearing and deaf people to understand their culture and background.  On top of that, I never really integrated myself with my hearing peers.  As I got older, I relied heavily on hearing aids to communicate with people.  As a result, I came out feeling like I had no cultural identity, no place to belong.  Nevertheless, I do still try to be a part of the hearing world, even though I am not really “hearing.”

How do you describe your cultural identity in relation to your hearing status?  Share your perspective with us at this week’s Open Chat Night.

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