“You don’t look deaf.”
“Oh, I’m so sorry you’re deaf.” “I couldn’t live without music.”
“Do you really need the subtitles on the TV?” I hate that. Of course! “Oh, I know sign language!”
Then they sign, “Why don’t you fuck off” or “wanker” for swear words. That’s
not sign language! “Oh, I can sign…”
“A, B…” I get excited when people say they want to
learn sign language, but then they just want to know the swear words.
If you want to learn how to sign, don’t tell me you just want to learn swear words.
Learn other words like, cake, biscuit, date, friend. Not just the swear words, please! “I just couldn’t live without music.”
I can’t live without music either. Some people can hear, some people can’t.
Some people aren’t bothered because they don’t know what they’re missing out on.
I love music, I love Hip Hop, Rap, R’n’B, all those kinds of songs.
A lot of people are a bit surprised to hear, that I’m actually a metal fan.
I can’t really hear music very well. I can’t hear the different changes in notes, it’s
all just the beat. You can feel the music more that I think other
people can feel the music. I really like taking my hearing aids out,
and putting my hand on a speaker and feel it vibrating through you and you can dance
away. “Are your other senses heightened?”
Oh, I am magical. I have a really excellent gaydar.
I think because we can’t hear we are more alert of our surroundings.
Funnily enough, yes! Deaf people are more visual.
No, I‘m like practically blind without my contact lenses.
My superpower would be my sense of smell. I can smell cake anywhere.
I think deaf people pick up more on body language. Like if a person twitches, is a person is
nervous or excited. I can tell by their face if they’re lying.
Like with my friends, I can tell instantly if someone is lying, so be careful. “Oh my God, you can lip read what did she
just say?” I’d love to know what people were saying
from the other side of the room. I’m nosey as fuck.
Most lip reading is guess work. Your brain is kind of guessing the words and
it’s slotting them in. I don’t know, “ma”, “pa”, “ba”,
they look exactly the same on the lips. I literally can’t tell the difference between
them. An example of something that looks the same
in lip reading that’s two different sentences is “I love you…”
And your brain is going, “Hmm was it that?” No, “Was it that?” No “Was it that?”
Maybe. It can look just like “Elephant shoes.” I feel scared.
Noooo! This is the worst. People saying, “You don’t
look deaf.” Should we have horns? Green skin?
Whenever you see a lot of disabled people on television, you only ever see them as somebody
that’s, really old and not particularly attractive.
Like, they’re really isolated. We’re all so different, it varies so much.
I’ve met probably, thousands of deaf people, we’re all different.
I want more variety of deaf people on TV and in films. From those who lipread to those
who use BSL. Is that so hard? “Do we have to have the subtitles on?”
Do we have to have the sound? Do you have to be here?
Sometimes I really want to watch something on sky, but there’s no subtitles.
I get really excited, to book and go see a film,but then you find out that in the only
subtitled screening is on a Monday morning! I always watch like, foreign language films,
just because you know they’re going to have subtitles.
Deaf people have jobs. Yes! Exactly!
How I go, “Sorry I have to go, I have the cinemas on, Sorry!”
Subtitles are a good thing people. “Why don’t you just get the implant thing?”
What makes you an expert on my deafness? Cochlear implants, they work for some people,
they don’t work for other people. Some people who could get the cochlear implant
they don’t want it. Because it could take away from deaf culture.
I think the cochlear implantation is a really difficult topic; there has been lots of debate
over it. I’m a bit too old now, so it’s a bit too
late for me, but I’m happy the way I am now. It’s important that you’re happy.
All deaf people are different and have varying levels of deafness, there is no cure. Nothing.
I don’t need help, I’m proud to be deaf, it’s my identity. Really?
“I’m sorry that must be tough for you!” I love being deaf, but I know people don’t
like to hear that. Being deaf is never as much of an issue as
people think it is. We can do anything.
Yeah, we can do anything, except hear. It’s easy for me, I’ve always been deaf.
The only tough thing is that sometimes deaf people are left out. When hearing people are
talking. My language is so beautiful, so rich, it’s
not like any of spoken language. Nothing’s tough, I’m alright, I’m alive.