Why am I forever surprised by people who I thought understood my hearing loss, showing a lack of understanding when I ask them if I can turn on the captions on their television? This recently happened to me.
I don’t know what they were thinking. Did they think the captions were going to mess up their T.V.? Did they believe the captions would be a distraction to their watching? Did they think I can hear T.V. but not one to one conversation in a group? Did they believe my hearing aid to be directly linked into the T.V.’s volume control?
Jeesh! It’s hard enough getting through my day with explaining things but when it comes to playtime with friends, I expect more. I expect respect and no pouting faces showing an expression of “oh how distracting.” Sorry hearing people, I’m not feeling sorry for you, if you feel distracted by the captions. I don’t exactly appreciate sitting there and not being able to follow what’s being said on the T.V. while you can all discuss what’s transpired during commercial breaks, all while I feel left out.
It’s not a small matter. You see, I don’t watch any show that does not provide captioning anymore. I write thank you notes as much as I can to the sponsors of the captioning. I believe we, people with hearing loss and deafness/Deafness, should have total accessibility to communication. That means, real time captioning in case of an emergency in all transportation systems. Captioning should be made mandatory for all movie theatres. Why shouldn’t I be able to go into a movie theatre to see any movie at anytime that I feel like it? The hearing person has that availability.
I really should not be surprised by hearing peoples’ responses anymore. Afterall, they have no idea what it’s like to not hear speech. Unless you tell them you are deaf, having a hearing loss still means we can hear. If we can still hear than hearing people just “assume” we are hearing everything.