10 things you should never say to a deaf / hearing-impaired person

This article nicely summarizes the frequent douche-bagginess that deaf / hearing-impaired people are facing.

I can confirm that every single point once in a while ruins my days.¬†Interestingly, I find the point “But I find subtitles annoying” very upsetting. It happened to me several times that I was invited to a DVD evening with friends and when I asked for subtitles to be switched on I was facing an hour long discussion about whether or not it is necessary.¬†Seriously, the most disappointing fact is that it is even highly intelligent people fail to get¬†that a hearing loss is not “negotiable”. When I say I need subtitles, then it is a fact and not a matter of convenience.

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