I am hard of hearing and slowly going completely deaf. As the video shows being deaf is a terrible, empty, and lonely life. But sign language is the way out of despair.
I am grateful for captioning, for the internet as both help me be with others. Being with others is one of the corner stones of emotional health. Fact: I am becoming lonelier and lonelier as I hear less and less. Joining conversations is difficult, others find trying to communicate with me pain, all too often I think I understand something and speak out to be met with confused looks that tell me I did not get what was said. Painful.
Emotional Fitness Thoughts
Thought one: Every child should be taught signing starting in pre-school and continuing through college. Signing needs to be credited as a second language.
My grands and I learned a bit before they learned to speak. Signing Time Tapes were a blessing. I got mine at Goodwill, but the library also carried them. The problem comes when the child learns to speak. Talking is so much easier interest in signing wanes. Having it being taught in their preschool onward would have kept them going.
Thought two: The various signing languages need to be made one globally accepted language. No American Sign Language or French Sign Language, just sign language.
Thought three: All movies and videos need to be captioned.
Thought four: Hearing aids should be available on a sliding fee scale. Mine cost $3000 dollars and last only three or four years. No way I can replace it on my current income.
Emotional Fitness Tips
Tip one: Get hearing tested regularly particularly as you age.
Tip two: Do not put off getting a hearing aid if the audiologist says you need one. When you hear poorly, you lose sound recognition and improved hearing once you get a hearing aid does not bring that back.
Tip three: Find and take a Signing Course, get your significant other to take it with you.
Tip four: Educate you significant others on how to talk so you can hear. Give them this Poster Coach. Remind that following these rules is an act of kindness and Practicing Kindness, an Easy Emotional Fitness Exercise, improves their Emotional Intelligence.
And to lighten things up a bit: here is a hearing aid joke:
Thank You for All You Do
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This post was inspired by the Word Press Daily Post Prompt “Empty”
I use the Daily Prompts not just to spark my blog ideas, but to improve my critical thinking skills. You can do the same.
Not sure how to use a Daily Post Prompt as a writer? Here are the steps to get started. Then improve your thinking skills by seeing where the prompt has led others and how other thoughts fuel your thoughts. Whether you write or not your thinking skills are improved by reading other people’s thoughts.
LINKS OF INTEREST
These links are for those not familiar with Emotional Intelligence or the idea of Emotional Fitness.
Emotional Intelligence (en.wikipedia.org)
The five components of Emotional Intelligence (www.sonoma.edu)
Emotional Fitness Tips for Parents (parentsarepeopletoo.com)
An Emotional Fitness Program for Parents(amazon.com)