I'm the wrong side of 65, and it's a challenge - but who doesn't like a challenge?
My hearing is steadily getting much worse, particularly in my left ear, where I also have quite severe tinnitus. I didn't realise how much I was reliant on facial expressions and some form of basic, unconcious lip reading, until widespread mask-wearing made it obvious to me, and I became very isolated.
Although at my age I'll never become fluent in BSL, a little knowledge and some skill will be better than nothing.
I volunteer on the canal network - something I really enjoy - and it's somewhere BSL may well come in useful at some point.
So, for me it's a combination of the challenge, the hope of greater inclusion, and the potential practical application.
I'm not deaf or hard of hearing, but I'm a secondary school teacher with a number of children with varying hearing difficulties, and a father who wears hearing aids. I figure that as well as being fascinating to learn (I love learning new things), it's a skill that could be really beneficial to me too.
Hello my My name is Joline I'm 42 years old. I'm several hard of hearing and wear hearing aids. Im on the waiting list for the Cochlear Implants. I've been hard of hearing since a young girl and I'm learning to sign now to be able to communicate with my children and others as over the years my hearing has deteriorated and without out my hearing aids I'm in silence
Thank you for reading
I know it's been a few days since you posted this but I am 24 and took up BSL after learning more about the Deaf community thanks to Rose, and would be more than happy to talk with you?