Hi - I'm learning Auslan because it's a beautiful, natural language and also because I have severe hearing loss with a prognosis of profound deafness within the next decade. Great to have a new place to play and learn - thanks to the people who have created this site!
being born deaf in right ear, left ear got worse over years, wear hearing aid in left ear, hearing aid does not work in right ear,,,,,30 years ago i saw people signing in the city one day and i found it rather intriguing, thinking i may need that one day.so now at the age of 53 i decided it was time to learn...doctors just want to make me hear, they just dont understand.
I sign because my mother taught me when i was very young i fell in love with the language i slowly learned but when i was diagnosed with mild bilateral hearing loss in grade 4 i felt it was necessary to learn more. As i got older i fell in love with the language again but sadly have no one to sign to which has resulted in me not really knowing how to read the language.
A lovely suprise for this couple when they realised that the stewardess on their Philippine Airlines flight could sign!
Wouldn't it be wonderful to see more of this kind of inclusion everywhere. Great customer service.