I was in CVS and a women tapped me on my shoulder. She pointed to my hearing aids and asked if I was deaf (using sign language and her voice). I responded back (speaking and signing), “No. I am not deaf; I am hard of hearing.”
The lady told me about her granddaughter. The child was born with a hearing impairment and the women was afraid of how it would affect the child’s life. She asked me about my hearing problems. If I was able to go to college and if I was able to work.
I told her I was born with an inner ear deformity that caused me to lose my hearing at a very young age. I had a series of operations to help fix the deformity and to prevent anymore loss of hearing.
I told her I did go to college, I have a Master’s degree, and a good job. Basically, I did well even though I am hearing impaired.
I gave her information on local resources that could help by teaching the family sign language, provide assistive hearing devices, finding professional speech therapist, and anything else they may need.
The women thanked me and was in tears when she left the store. I believe she felt hopeful for her grandchild.
I believe that little girl is achieving her full potential today.