Wednesday, 13 December 2017

To B or Not to B D, who asks that question ?

Being deaf or having hearing loss is certainly NOT a positive unless you have never known any differently, but the sector that never knew differently is extremely small, and cannot reflect on the majority, so any questionnaire is doomed to fail at the onset. There are too many attempts to suggest a minority is a majority because it has 'cultural overtones'.  It is STILL a minority.   There are far too many attempts to suggest, distort, or misinform people of what sector is which, and the many abuses of terms that are attached to us don't help. Cultural activism blurs these edges by the one maxim they don't use for themselves, db ratings, when the reality it is nothing to do with that.  Numerical abuse and application of statistics for campaigning is rife.  Many are plain falsehoods. You are Deaf or HoH for funding but Deaf for its application.

Deaf/deaf or Deaf and HoH are meaningless terms because they are joke, it can be HI/HoH/deaf/Deaf, or the dozen other silly terms some areas seem obsessed with creating or attacking.  The idea is to keep creating confusion so no-one sees what is really going on. ID confusion is rife for no real reason at all, mostly it plays on our weakness or our fears, which we find despicable..    Deaf use these fears to re-enforce culture too.

The term coping in itself is merely saying YES loss is a negative, or the term would not be used, it would be like the born deaf who see 'coping' with hearing mainstream a negative because hearing is another world to them, as is being always deaf alien to most of us, the key issues is Loss, and importantly when that is acquired that lays down the basis of how we perceive ourselves, language acquisition or coping aspects do not define... they are assistive issues.

Those who PROMOTE deafness and loss as a positive aspect are frauds because they consist mainly of people who cannot compare the pros or cons of hearing or not, so do not talk from a position of any experience, those that acquire deafness, CAN.  There is a need to be mindful of those traumatised by hearing loss who can see such views as undermining them struggling to cope and holding out hope for alleviation or technology to over come the issues of their loss, they are unlikely to be born again 'Deaf' and won't buy the happy deaf message..

It is why you get isolated but vociferous pockets of cultural activism that assume the default position, and go at hearing aids, lip-reading, oral support, education, CI's et al because they see it as designed to remove the 'Deaf' person from the only 'world' they know, and inclusion that way an assault on the only thing that keeps them together.  They ignore it is the desire of most.  So many issues where they see inclusion as a threat, not a promise.

It is time for a clear dividing line regarding the cultural sign areas and the majority, to accept difference in real time.  By the continued blurring of the hearing loss areas, we simply contribute to more differences and apathy appearing.  We should go our own way and adopt respect for those why want to go elsewhere, respect has to go both ways, and the end of the 'Deaf & hoh' remit.  The reality, is that polarised charitable support already operates, so we would be accepting the status quo anyway and dropping the pretence of inclusions that is so damaging. either include or move out of the way. 

There are many fears, mostly because of the forms of access we use, the education and alleviation we want to see, researches and medical intervention we also want to see happening, and they do not etc.  Deaf V deaf v HI yadda yadda has become a polarising negative in itself.   At every level it demands a two-way lobby on access making a mockery of the access remit, when one form of access is deemed a higher priority than another, resentment increases.  Equality is 50-50.

Inclusion isn't working.

There are clear lines in the sand already, just an unwillingness to accept them.  If I read one more live and let live excuse again...

Deaf Centre...

Hear it see it: Deaf on Music.

Karen Salter activating Ollie Miller’s radio aids so he can hear the teacher’s voice over background noise
If you are DEAF you cannot hear music.  Is the sum total of deaf appreciation just a bass line and drums ?   Music is about hearing all the instruments, and the skills of those playing them, also  understanding the beauty of a singing voice.

most of that is excluded to deaf who  avoid opera e.g. and why deaf who can still access some sound, see mainly percussion as a primary 'way in' , but it's not MUSIC. Signing popular music is a form of access, not music in itself, as it becomes a visual thing not an aural one.  Can they tell the difference between a pop singer and one who sings opera ?  or the differences between tenors and Bass singers ?


Deaf children not being able to enjoy and participate in music activities is a huge misconception. Having a hearing impairment alters the sounds but it does not stop the child-like desire to thump on a drum, or to feel the sensations created by different instruments.  At Lexden Primary School’s Unit for Hearing Impaired Pupils, music therapy is being used to help build confidence and resilience among its young people.

A £500 donation from the Colchester and Tendring Deaf Children’s Society means its 14 pupils, who have between moderate and profound hearing loss, will get to become rockstars for two days.

Although the ethos of the primary school is centred on inclusivity so ordinarily the hearing impaired pupils are not segregated from their hearing peers, when it comes to learning and playing music, solo, in a sense, works best. Debbie Newbold, head of the enhanced provision, said: “Deaf children are unable to access speech and music through their ears alone, they need it through amplification.

“Hearing sounds through a cochlear implant produces quite a metallic sound and hearing aids don’t enable a person to know how loudly they’re producing sounds.

“In the context of a music lesson, it means our pupils can’t tell if they’re singing in tune, for example, or if they’re playing a piece of music off-beat and it becomes hard for them to follow the pace and rhythm.

“Because the sounds are being amplified in their personal aid, whether an implant or behind the ear hearing aids, it’s hard to follow a tune and how music fits into the bigger picture when performing with others. “Within a school situation, this can be quite a challenge for them so we tend to find deaf children are quite inhibited when it comes to music.