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Is there any type of like deaf or hard of hearing chat rooms that you can use?

Asked by jdhorkan (51points) September 6th, 2012

Are there any chat rooms that deaf or hard of hearing people can use that you actually sign? Or anyone interested in skyping I am newer to sign but need someone to practice with and tell me if im completely wrong and also maybe teach me a little bit about deaf culture.
-I am hard of hearing
-Hearing aids to do not work for me.
-I have been told I will go deaf and really want to figure things out before I do.

Thanks for any input!

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janbb's avatar

I have sent this to one of members who is deaf.

filmfann's avatar

I think this is the one my wife used to chat on.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I’m a little confused. I assume the OP is referring to online chat rooms? Where people type, not actually talk IRL?

Dutchess_III's avatar

Even more confusing…I went to your link @filmfann, and the first question I stumbled on was:
What is your favorite singer/band?
This one is REALLY hard for me and has to be broken down into 3 categories:

Fav. Male Singer: Darren Hayes (Lead singer of Savage Garden and has gone solo, AMAZING singer/songer writer/composer) No will ever top him in my book.

Fav. Female Singer: Celine Dion

Fav. Band: Ace of Base (Yes you read that right, I’m still in love with them and they are still around!)

Please don’t get angry with me…I really don’t understand.

filmfann's avatar

@Dutchess_III Many deaf people were not born that way.

Some had their hearing taken away by God for listening to Celine Dion.

linguaphile's avatar

@Dutchess_III I am technically as deaf as one can get—no response to sounds at all on my audiogram.

And I love music. Sarah McLachlan, Prince, Howard Jones, Savage Garden, Les Miserables, RENT, Rocky Horror… I could go on and on… I just helped my daughter pick a song for her upcoming Choir audition.

There are different ways to enjoy music—it doesn’t always have to be auditory. However, many deaf people have some hearing abilities and enjoy music that way. Confusing? Sure :D Fools give you reasons, wise men never try :D

As for Deaf chat rooms… I don’t know any. I am part of a Deaf writer’s forum, but rarely say anything there. Most Deaf people I know blog on their own sites and use YouTube.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Thanks @linguaphile. I always forget that you’re deaf. :)

hearkat's avatar The Hearing Loss Association of America may be a good starting point for you. The group started decades ago, and was originally called “Self Help for the Hard of Hearing (SHHH). They have online communities and links to many other resources.

linguaphile's avatar

@Dutchess_III That’s why I love Fluther!—it’s a great equalizer for me, a place where I can chat with intelligent people without sounding like I just walked out of a kindergarten classroom! :D

Dutchess_III's avatar

SHHHH? That’s funny!

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