Being Deaf in Today’s World

Posted by on Jul 24, 2015 in blog |

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May it be their fate from the time they were born or a result of a tragic accident, the deaf are among the many people who unfortunately have to double their efforts just so they can live in par with other people fortunate enough to hear the music and noise of life and nature. Thankfully, they are not forgotten in the world’s constant goal of advancement and better living. Before, they were called handicapped, or people with disabilities. These terms branded them incapable of doing what normal people can, like jump, swim, talk, hear, and speak. The people in the deaf community have also been living in this notion for a long time before people of influence and sympathy used what the world has to offer today, to also give a better life for these special people. Now, however, they are able to compensate for their loss of hearing through different technologies.  They are no longer handicapped; they are just specially-abled people.

Technology has given even the deaf the chance to enjoy the music of the world via hearing aids, and other sensory gadgets that function and allow communication even for those without or of minimal hearing. This includes cellular phones, computers, tablets, and other modern gadgets of today. Because these things make use of the sense of sight, these communication devices fill the gap that hearing problems caused them.

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While telecommunication for the deaf has greatly improved and has provided the lives of many deaf people a wonderful opportunity, other aspects of a normal person’s life should also be enjoyed by the deaf community. This includes having a healthy lifestyle, living a nutritious life and maintaining a fit and beautiful body. For specially-abled people such as those with hearing problems, treating the body with care is very important. It is physically and emotionally stressful to not be able to hear. That is why it is important that other ailments of the body should be avoided. Low self-esteem due to hearing problems can also be lessened if a person has sense of worth for his or her own body.

This kind of privilege was not experienced by those who lived in the past generations. Helen Keller was one woman who lived in that era, yet managed to come out strong and bold and successful. She accomplished a lot of things, and she overcame her blindness and deafness, not by finding a cure for it, but by embracing it and not making it a reason to not achieve her dreams.

She should serve as an inspiration to all of those specially-disabled during this era, where technology is at everyone’s disposal. If she can make it through a time without these gadgets to help her, then, those who are suffering deafness during this generation can succeed too, and even do greater things than she ever had.