Paying Attention Was Not Easy

           Sick smile

You Weren't Paying Attention!                   When I was working in church years ago doing a side job the person in charge, often accused me of not listening.  Especially on that day when a man name George came in with a set of tools.  He gave some kind of speech for an hour standing across the room.     I did my best to try to listen to George by watching him talk the whole hour.  Unfortunately he had a beard and I couldn’t lip read half of what he said.  So I didn’t understand any of the instructions.   I got very bored watching him talk.   George stepped backwards and tripped over a bucket of paint, which spilled all over the floor.    One thing I did hear was him  swearing, the F word.  It was loud and clear. That’s all I heard.

  angry man

After George was done talking, Chucky told me to go do what George taught us. I told him that I didn’t hear what he was telling me to do.  That’s when Chucky flipped out .  He said that I wasn’t  paying attention and for me to stop playing games.   Then I tried to tell him I wasn’t playing around, that I did my best to listen.   He said that’s no excuse and walked away.

smile     Crying faceBoy, did he make me feel bad.   He wasn’t very  understanding when I tried to explain about my hearing problem.  Well either he was having a bad day, or just wasn’t educated on this subject.   So don’t assume that a deaf person is going to understand everything you say just because they are looking right at you when you talk.   And please don’t get impatient with deaf people when they can’t figure out what you said, if they can’t lip read you at the time.    People need to understand that deaf people can’t hear, and it’s not always easy to lip read others, especially from a distance.   It’s hard I know for the deaf at times.

About wanda4848

I was born deaf. The doctors thought I could hear, but my parents couldn't get me to learn to talk. When I was three, my mom took me to an audiologist who concluded I was deaf. That's when I got my first pair of hearing aids and took speech therapy to learn to talk.

Posted on February 27, 2013, in deaf articles and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 32 Comments.

  1. Very true. I think it’s really that many people are uneducated, or have never had an experience with those who are deaf.


  2. Yes, I wish the schools would educate everyone on being deaf. One day I might contact the schools and give them my ideas. So many people have no idea what deaf people go through in this world.

  3. What type of education would you give someone who was trying to communicate with the deaf?

  4. A person needs to stand right in front of the person and look straight at him or her so that the deaf can try to lipread what they are saying. And close up to. I can never lip read someone that is standing on the other end of the room or from behind me.

  5. What about writing things out? Is it just easier to lip read?

  6. I am hard of hearing. Yes, I’m profound deaf, but I can hear people’s voices when they talk with my hearing aids on. And I’m also able to talk ,so lip reading works for me. But there’s deaf people out there, that can’t hear anything at all, and can’t speak, they just sign to communicate.

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