The cultural gap

Today was a reminder that the cultural gap between deaf and hearing people yawns just as wide as ever. I’m not talking about Deaf Culture vs Hearingism or anything like that. It’s the communication gap (again).

I met a couple of new people today, and, despite the person making the introductions adding that I was a lipreader, they both started talking to me at once. They simultaneously realised their mistake, but it got to be a bit like when you meet someone in the street and you try to dodge each other, going the same way until one of you breaks away. It was like Wimbledon, looking from one to the other saying “After you”, “No, you first.” Lipreading-induced repetitive strain injury . . .


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