This is /u/Deaf_Girl_, back for another AMA! Ask me anything!
Due to the popularity of my recent comment in AskReddit and numerous PM's of private questions, I've decided to open another AMA.
I am a 20 year old deaf girl from Michigan. I became "hard of hearing" around the age of 12 due to Bilateral Sensorineural Hearing Loss. This means that the nerves in my ear that help me hear just decided to up and quit one day. Like a corporate mass-firing. Normally this type of hearing loss is much more gradual, but I contain a gene that makes it a lot easier to lose it.
I primarily speak and use American Sign Language simultaneously as much as possible. I hang with both hearing and deaf people (and date both). I use hearing aids for work and certain social groups, but I still can't understand anyone without reading their lips.
I played several musical instruments in the past: Trumpet, Piano, Drums, Clarinet, and for a week a trombone but my arms are stubby. :/ I still play piano as often as possible. :) I also participated in sports: football, softball, volleyball- You name it, I did it for a least a month.
Today, I am a Deaf Activist that is trying to speak in public schools about deafness: what it means, what questions are ok to ask, and how deaf people go about their daily lives. You would be surprised how many questions I get that make my jaw drop (especially older people who are used to the deaf=disabled and helpless mentality), but I love answering them because... well who else would you ask?
So go ahead! Ask me anything!
Proof I have provided proof several times in past AMA's on this account. Here is a link to my proof, although it is a bit old. http://imgur.com/BvSc3DE If you don't know what this is, this is an Audiogram which measures your hearing. According to the chart (a few years old) I am missing about 75% of my ability to hear correct speech.
Edit: Alright, Reddit! I've hit a window where no one has asked me a question for ten minutes, so I'm going to bed! I will be back up to answer questions by noon. I will answer all of them, so don't be afraid to leave a question! Good Night Reddit! See you tomorrow!
Edit2: I'm back! Ask away! I will answer all of your questions! This AMA will stop at midnight on Sunday. PM me if you have any questions after that. :)
FINAL EDIT: Thank you so much, Reddit! I've have three successful AMAs with you and I'm happy to see I have a fan base! I hope you learned more about the deaf community and how we live. Feel free to PM me if you have more questions, but for now I am done answering questions on this AMA. Thank you for your time!