Hello and welcome to my blog.
As you know by now, my name is Mark.
This is where I am supposed to introduce myself so you can get to know me a little better.
Without boring you with too much detail, I have provided a list of frequently asked questions I wish I had a dollar for every time someone asked me.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you lipread?
This is the number one question I get when people find out I am deaf. The easiest way to answer this question is to encourage you to click here to read my post, Can you read lips? (coming soon).
Are you really deaf?
Yes. I was born with bilateral profound hearing loss (a medical diagnosis indicating the level of hearing capabilities in both ears).
Do you wear hearing aids?
Yes, I currently use Phonak hearing aids which is a type of assistive technology that basically amplifies the volume of sound.
One common misconception is that hearing aids allows me to acheive “normal” hearing. Despite the advancements in hearing aid technology over the years, they are only able to raise my ability to “hear” to a moderate level of hearing loss for me.
Do you know sign language?
More specifically, I know American Sign Language (ASL) since sign language is not universal. In addition, my ASL is not gramatically correct nor do I have the most up to date ASL vocabulary.
As a result, my sign language skills is constantly evolving as I network with other sign language users including the culturally Deaf community who are my greatest teachers.
Do you teach sign language?
No. The reason I do not teach sign language is because I have tremendous respect for language, whether it is signed, spoken, or written. There is a reason why we take classes to learn.
While I do communicate using ASL, I do not know ASL well enough to do it justice as a teacher.
Where are you from?
I currently live in the USA where I was born and raised. At some point, answering this question became a trick question for me. The reason is because it took me a while to realize I am a nomad.
Are you Deaf?
As I continue to explore our world, I am becoming more and more surprised by this question which is very popular within the Deaf community.
In order to answer that, I encourage you to click here to read more about Understanding the Deaf Culture (coming soon) where I answer that question.