At work we have some notices telling clients that there’s a tech with a profound hearing loss, and that she, ie me, needs to be looking at them to hear what they are saying. It also says that I’m not ignoring them, I just havent heard them speak.
I’ve had some comments on this, usually helpful and favourable and sometimes not so helpful. One person wanted me to put a picture on so they knew who it was. Well, that was fairly annoying, maybe they wanted a mugshot face and profile?
What happened yesterday though takes the biscuit.
When I arrived my colleague said that one client had read the notice and asked him if I was working as she would like to meet me. I found out that she was still in the building and went to speak to her, in case she had any questions about hearing loss, maybe knew someone who was in a similar situation etc etc.
Well, brace yourselves now, after I introduced myself to her, her comment was, “Oh you don’t speak funny at all”. FFS! All she wanted was to hear a Deaf accent as an entertainment. Speak funny? How offensive is that? Maybe we should put on clown make-up and juggle as well??
PS. I am a late deafened adult and don’t have a Deaf accent, I have an English one. Would she have asked to see me just to hear my English accent?