Thanks for your message. Yes, you're right, it's very much a case of
individual preference and how an individual feels about their
deafness. It does depend a lot on our upbringing too. I think I had
so much difficulty with the word "deaf" at first, because I was
brought up as if my hearing was normal (it wasn't) and I was brought
up to think that deaf meant someone who heard nothing at all. Also,
as you say, mild, moderate, severe and profound deafness are not
obvious in their meaning to everyone. Technically speaking, there is
a clear definition, but I've met profoundly deaf people who coped
much better and got a lot more out of their hearing aids than some
people with moderate to severe deafness. It's all very relative.
There is no black and white, just lots of different shades of grey,
LOL. That's why finding words to define deafness is so difficult.
--- In hardofhearinguk@...
> Hi saffron
> your piece on deafness rely struck a cord with me. I have over the
> years been struggling with what to call myself when people ask how
> much do I hear. I think that your points highlight a very commen
> mistake which people make and that more people understand