Hard of hearing culture
You’ve probably heard of Deaf culture, right? Are you aware that Hard of Hearing (HOH) people have their own culture, and raise their children in it? I didn’t understand this until my children grew up. For example, my children knew they shouldn’t speak during a tv show, but should wait for the commercials. Videotapes and DVDs should be paused before saying anything. I thought this was a polite thing to do, not a HOH thing to do, but apparently I was wrong.
I invited a couple of friends from over for lunch, with the intention of watching a movie afterwards. After having our fill of food, we went to the living room. They sat on the couch, and I lounged in the recliner. A few minutes after the movie started, I heard my friends mumbling, and paused the DVD so they wouldn’t miss anything. Fifteen seconds later, I heard silence, and restarted the DVD. This happened again, then I heard my name quite loudly and turned to lipread.
Friend: “Cindy – you don’t need to pause the movie just because we’re talking!”
Me: “But I don’t want you to miss the movie!”
Friend: “We’re not missing it. We know what’s going on!”
Me: “You’ve GOT to be kidding me!”
Friend: “We can talk AND listen to the movie, Cindy.”
Show offs. They make it sound like it’s easy to walk and chew gum at the same time, too.