Invisible Disability

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There are some disabilities which are invisible, meaning you can’t tell the person has the disability just by looking at them.

Hearing impairment is an invisible disability and that can lead to all sorts of misunderstandings.

  • If someone greets you and you don’t respond, they usually assume you are rude.  They may never consider you are hearing impaired.
  • Failure at school or difficulties following directions may be viewed as an intellectual problem, if the hearing disability is not addressed properly.

Family and friends will shrug off my failure to respond, my problems with understanding, and even answers that make no sense.  They know about my hearing disability and they understand how it causes problems in my daily life.

Strangers or even people that don’t know me very well, may assume I am rude or stupid.  They may allow their assumptions to stop them from getting to know me, which I think is sad.

22 thoughts on “Invisible Disability

  1. A hearing impairment is such an invisible disability, and like you say people make assumptions and don’t always understand. Which is a great shame, we all need to take a bit more time and consideration for others.

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  2. I also have hearing impairment and wear hearing aids. I’ve found that many people — even the ones who know of my disability — will think it’s funny when I get something wrong or have to ask them to repeat what they said. I think hearing impairment is unique in that people who would never dream of mocking someone with, say, a missing limb don’t think twice of mocking a person with a hearing impairment.

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  3. If strangers judge you so quickly, it’s probably best they stay strangers 🙂 But I get it: it’s awful when someone assumes the worst while you can’t help what happened (like not having heard them, for instance).

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  4. I have an invisible disability; i got in a car acccident and have a traumatic brain injury. A friend met me at a wedding, and at first she thought I had a hearing problem, because I over-pronounce my words I guess, (she thought I was trying to read lips, but then saw I wasn’t) Try not to let what other people think of you get “under your skin,” people who are quick to judge and stereotype like that without even knowing you aren’t worth the time anyway. Stay strong!

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  5. As someone with fibromyalgia and other physical conditions in my late 20’s I really understand what it’s like when people judge you too soon.
    You, stay strong and please always stay positive. Never let other people to bring you don’t. In life I came to realise that other people won’t live your life or die for you. The the most of this beautiful world hunny.
    Good Luck.

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  6. Unfortunately invisible disabilities are not being understood properly. I don’t believe that they are disabled rather they are more courageous ,strong and able than us…..people have too change their mindset . disabled are those who doesn’t have a good heart and good thoughts…

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