@Blindbeader Well, it's been my observation that different people handle it in different ways. I have seen some who appear to embrace it, fully emersing themselves in deaf culture and deaf attitudes. I am not one of these. It has only been in the last couple of decades that my progressive hearing loss has really really affected me, and I am not handling it well. I don't want to be a part of deaf culture, because there are so many aspects of deaf culture that go so strongly against my own culture. So I can't embrace that. My hearing loss and its progression scare me a million times more than words can express. While I accept my blindness, while I would not take sight if it were offered me, if I could regain my hearing I would do so in a heartbeat, regardless of the cost. I know other deafblind people who, like many deaf people, would not want their hearing any more than I would want sight. IT also gives me a much better understanding of that segment of blind people who view their blindness as the very worst thing that could have happened to them and want nothing more than, in their own words, to be cured. It's impressed upon me the importance of not transfering my ideas, thoughts, fears, convictions, to other blind people and presuming to say, "This is how a blind person should or shouldn't think/talk/act." In some respects, it's taught me, you can't categorize people according to disability, because the disability doesn't make the person; people are who they are, and you treat a disabled person in terms of who that person is, you don't determine who that person is in terms of the disability. These are my own observations, thoughts and conclusions, and you are welcome to use them or not use them, agree or disagree, as you see fit.

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