FACES BEHIND THE SCREEN
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“To have someone interpret for me requires an awful lot of trust. An immense amount of trust. Sometimes I feel like I just want to push that interpreter out of the way and do it myself.
It sucks, but I'm used to it. How else can I get my message across? I don't really have a choice.”
“My third grade teacher was trying to keep separate two other kids in the class. And these two other kids apparently were signing to each other. They come from Deaf families, so their first language was sign language. And they were basically talking to each other during class, essentially cheating or playing around, goofing around, not paying attention.
And I was the way to keep them apart by being actually put right in the middle of them during third grade. And just like you would have neighbors who might speak Spanish or a different language just by proximity, I started to pick up American sign language.”
“I loved how my favorite YouTuber just started using captioning in her videos. And it's like, oh, my gosh. You're using captions! I even posted to Facebook-- oh, my gosh. She's using captions.
And she made a Facebook post and said, 'I'm aware of you, my hard-of-hearing unicorns.' And it was like, oh, my god.”
Have you ever felt like there was a miscommunication?
“Always. I think I started to realize it when I was in middle school. I was in a group of friends. And they all decided that they didn't want to be friends anymore because I never talked. Because I was a quiet person.
And they said, you can't be friends with us anymore because we don't know who you are.”
What is the best thing about being deaf?
“Seeing the world. It's a visual world. I love it. I think about it every day.
I feel blessed to be deaf. I just couldn't imagine not being deaf.”
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“I had two records in the top 100 on the charts, and I had a number one record in Brazil.
Suddenly an air horn, like on a boat, went off in the left ear. It was probably a blood vessel bursting. A year and a half later -- right ear.
No music for 35 years.”
"[When people annoy me] I just turn off my hearing aids."