I find myself explaining again and again to people what being deaf really is. It might surprise a lot of people that I can hear, but still have to classify myself as deaf, particularly in social aspects. Here are a few official definitions before I will give you, my readers, my self-developed metaphor I have created in order to explain deafness to my friends and family.
1. Partially or completely lacking in the sense of hearing.
adj without usable hearing.
lacking the sense of hearing or not having the full power of hearing; exhibiting deafness.
My challenge of deafness:
I can hear sounds. Bear in mind that I am assisted by hearing aids in order to hear any sounds.
But I have problems distinguishing various frequencies of sounds. It means that I can detect that someone or something emits a sound, but if someone pronounces a word or a sentence, my challenge is to interpret the meaning of the spoken word or sentence.
My metaphor goes like this:
If a painter fills a canvas with a series of painted stripes in various shades of color, it creates an expression (like a visual word). If you look at the same painting with eyesight that is poor, you loose the ability distinguish the various shades. Thus the painting becomes dull. If the eyesight is poor enough, the painting looks like one blotch of paint which leaves an unclear or blurred expression.
Anyone have a better metaphor? I’d like to know about it if you use another one, or come up with one…