Blindness and Deaf

Some people get confused  between Brail and sign language. These are two separate things, actually they are two completely different sets of language.

That is like saying English and Spanish are the exact same thing. Or that is like saying if your deaf you can read lips. Not everyone deaf person can read your lips.

Brail is a language that is used for people that are blind. Think about it like this, if they can not see how are they going to get around. The way they can read is through Brail will help them be able to read with the use of their fingers.

They have a set language with dots and the dots signify a specific thing. Every dot is read like a letter or a word and depending upon the placement will read something.

So they will move their fingers around the dots and then they can understand that it is being said. Deaf people do not have this problem as they can see perfectly. They just can’t hear anything out of their ears. They can talk perfect but they refuse to because if they can not hear what they are saying they do not want to talk.

Use this information wisely as next time do not say things without understanding fully what they are.

There has been so many instances where people think Brail and sign language are both used for deaf people.

That is one thing to make deaf people made is by using that phrase.

If you do not understand their culture or even care to learn about it, this can be insulting to them.

Remember if you want to talk to a deaf person you can always communicate with them in other means rather than talking. Get a piece of paper and a pencil and simply write out what you want to tell them.

They will usually write you something back on the paper and you can communicate like that.

This way is much easier then learning the alphabet. With someone who is blind you can easily communicate with these type of people by using your mouth and talking to them because remember these people are not deaf. Only sign language is for deaf people!



Hearing Aids

For those of you deaf people who have just had their ears worsen over the years there are treatment options available.  Most of the time when you get older and often times its genetics , hearing loss starts becoming a lot more common.  The numbers are about one in every five people around the middle age which is about 45 or older will suffer from good old hearing loss unfortunately.  There are ways to prevent this but it is tough. Some times people will expose themselves to such harsh hearing environments that will cause them to prematurely loose their hearing.  In that case you should always tone down the level of music you listen to. Try and avoid loud areas such as clubs or concerts because they play music at a unbelievable level. A level that will damage your hearing levels.

Depending on who you are the degree of hearing loss will differ among people. Some people will start having a problem with face to face conversations and other will experience less extreme cases like this but it is still there. They will often ask you to repeat a certain word or sentence often. What happens when you start going deaf is that within the inner ear you have hair cells. If any of these cells die off or get damaged you will start having hearing problems. It is impossible to get your hearing hair cells back.

That is right once you loose your hearing hair cells you will never get them back so be cautious. On top of getting hearing damage that accelerates your hearing loss you could have bad genetics that will cause you to go deaf at a young age. Say if your genetics say your gong deaf at age 60 and then you throw in hardcore music to kill your hearing cells, you could have the potential of going deaf as young as 40 years old!

Luckily there are ways to get your hearing back and they are a cheap alternative.

The option that we recommend you can do without having surgery is getting hearing aids.

Hearing aid cost can very quiet a bit depending on what you are trying to buy. There are tons of aids on the market that you can get a wide selection of.

If you go to Ebay and type is hearing aids you could go for the cheaper alternative and get used ones that someone else has wore. Perhaps they got a new pair or they passed away and want to sell it or a deal. You might want to jump on the deal and get the  hearing aids because they will be a lot cheaper then the regular sticker price that you would pay.


Deaf Culture

The deaf  culture is a very defined culture. Although they have many alternatives to go to, they refuse to. Simply because they would rather keep their deafness and enjoy their current culture. They would rather be deaf then go through a operation or a hearing aid.

As I heard this, this intrigued me because we as society view it as a bad thing. While the deaf community views it as a good thing, they have a whole community that is just all deaf. They had their own language that is mostly universal except for a few things. Most of it you can learn and use anywhere in the world though. American sign language is used anywhere. All you need to do is learn the alphabet in sign language and you can talk to any of them. Although it may be slow it will convey the message across.  Remember  just because one is deaf does no mean they want to be able to it, maybe they love not being able to hear, who wants to have an hour long conversation with your neighbor as your leaving anyway.

Most of them have meeting spots where they meet once a week and sign to each other. Even though they have no hearing they can still talk just most of them choose not to. The reason for this is because they do not understand how they sound so they would rather not talk. Most people laugh at when they talk and they see this and decide not to talk. Not all people who do sign language and read your lips, although it is a nice skill to have many are not able to attain this skill. So think again by just talking they will be able to understand what you are fully saying. ASL is currently the best website you can use to pick up sign language. It has great pictures that you can easily use to learn everything about sign language. You can even read into the culture and the history if you wanted to. The site is huge with a lot of information going in and out of it.  Make sure to make use of it and sign up for his classes that he offers, he is a great teacher and he also teaches at his local university.