Being Deaf or Hard of Hearing is not a disease, just something special to us all who are like that way since birth or later
throughout life. For me, I am Alexander Sanborn, a Hard of Hearing individual who was born that way. I have worn hearing aids since early years to high school before unable to hear without them. While I know sign language well, I also have a speech impairment sometimes. Yes I can speak clearly, but I don't fully speaking well. It put me in situation where I would rather use sign language as communication with others than speaking. It is much better than speaking, however I do not have a problem with speaking my voice and signing without my voice. I hope you all get the idea. There are times that my hearing loss, my status as Hard of Hearing person, preventing me from getting a certain job, for example.
At one time at store where I used to work for 10 years plus, my former supervisors did not think I could be a team leader of a team in, say backroom department because of my status as Hard of Hearing person. We had a share of arguments of the position I was seeking for some time. I am able to speak to them and they understand me well while I was working there. At times, I thought of suing them for discrimination and I am not sure why I didn't. Maybe I felt it was waste of time, knowing the opportunity to work there is not worth it to me. Whatever the case it is, I am glad to be out of that job as I am currently working as teacher aide for Deaf program there at Madera South High School. It is great knowing there are better opportunities that will accept me. It is my 2nd year currently there.
There is more to it from my former job at store, but not related to this subject of my hearing loss or my status as Hard of Hearing person. As for my hearing, having a loss of hearing or loss of hearing aids does not stop me right there. Why? That is just a side effect because I still keep going, believing I can do things, anything similar to what a hearing person can do. Remember along the lines like this, a Deaf or Hard of Hearing person can do anything except they cannot hear or speak. That goes same thing to me as I continue my adventure here in this reality. No matter who, what I am, and what difference I make, I will never let my hearing loss get to me for rest of my life, ever. I will not let anyone take me down because of my hearing loss or because of my status as Hard of Hearing person That goes the same for all of you who are reading this, whoever you are, Deaf or not, knowing this applies to each of you without a doubt. Thank you.
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