Jessica Flores and Rikki Poynter, both deaf YouTubers, each posted a video about the subject of wanting their hearing back. Being deaf myself, I’ve been asked this question myself and I’ll come right out and say it – the answer is a resounding no.
A bit about myself – I’m a 50 year old who has been deaf since age 2 when, long story short, I had a nasty ear infection. I have a 90% hearing loss in my left ear. I don’t wearing a hearing aid there. I have a 75% loss in my right ear, which has a hearing aid. I can hear most things with that ear, though I still cannot hear high pitched sounds such a smoke alarm. I could be standing next to the smoke alarm and still not hear it. Though I can hear a phone ring from across my house if the phone ringer has a low enough pitch. I can also “talk well for a deaf person” – more on that in a future article.
Back on topic, you hearing people must think I’m nuts for not wanting my hearing back, but I’ll tell ya, if there was a genie that could grant me only one wish, it wouldn’t be to get my hearing back. There are other things in the world to worry about, but that’s a topic for another discussion.
Yes, I realize I’m missing out on things if I was a hearing person. I do have some limitations at my job such as not being able to take phone calls. I cannot follow a group discussion between my hearing friends. But for all the disadvantages of being deaf that I’m going through, I actually prefer being deaf due to its benefits of being deaf.
In addition to that, if I was hearing, I wouldn’t be able to advocate for the deaf & hard of hearing, right? I mean, I can’t think of a hearing person that advocates for the deaf off the top of my head. Which means, I don’t know of one that does it. So I do it. I probably would not be likely to advocate for the deaf if I was hearing.
To sum it up, I accept myself for who I am and would not change it for anything.
I hope that answers your question.
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