I forget, perhaps you already said, but can you read lips?
A little bit. It's a lot of effort though, and I often don't know 100% what they're saying until after they finish their sentence and I try to quickly piece together the words that I did catch. If I'm not fast enough to assemble the words into a sentence that makes sense, I end up leaving the other person 'hanging' while my brain is working in overtime. Oftentimes in body language, you nod as you listen to the other person to indicate that you are paying attention and understanding them. I do that, but sometimes after nodding, I piece together what was said in my head and realize that I don't
understand, or that a question was asked of me, and I have to shift 180 to the appropriate body language. Yesterday I had my girlfriend come along to interpret for me, but going forwards I'll be on my own.
Fun fact: only about 40% of the English language is distinct on the lips. This results in a pretty big margin of error ;)
That's great. It's such a goood feeling to be able to work with people who understand that just because you have a slight handicap, doesn't mean that you don't understand and can't be productive...
I'm happy for you and look forward to hearing more...
Yes exactly, thank you! I left the barn yesterday feeling really great. The trainer and I spoke a bit about my deafness, and she was very enthusiastic to listen to my perspective on some things. She asked me a question which I found interesting, as I wasn't expecting such a thing to come from a horse trainer, which was: "Do you feel fulfilled in your ability to express yourself?"
I said, well... it depends. Not everyone gives me the opportunity to express myself. I explained that some people shut me out due to my disability, and so I am unable to truly be myself in those situations. I'm still reflecting on that question. I think it's important for me to figure out how to overcome that in situations where it's out of my control, maybe? Dunno, just thinking out loud.