We found the story very moving about Cody Avila; it is so unbelievable that we do not understand what the hard of hearing person goes through because of misunderstanding by the public and an unwillingness to change, maybe because we do not know what to do.
Front page story … he finds it …
They were “deaf and dumb” or had a serious hearing loss and were never treated with much respect from society. Actually, the public did not know how to relate to someone who could not respond to them because they could not hear sufficiently. The stigma of hearing difficulty is still with us today — “Deaf and dumb.” It means that because “you cannot hear, you cannot speak,” but the public thinks that you are stupid because you cannot relate to them. So the connotation of the word dumb has transformed into meaning stupid. This story about Cody Avila brings this home. He has been treated differently because he could not respond properly because he could not hear. This is not classified as a disability because deaf people take exception to the word; they are not disabled, they are just hard of hearing. Their mind is fine … they communicate with sign language.
Now we know how we can help the hard of hearing person, who wants to hear. We can only work with their remaining hearing, but we have so many products to choose from that in most situations we can help. We have the capabilities of helping them a great deal, taking their hearing history, counseling and fitting with hearing aids and making a personal plan for their hearing therapy.
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