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Deconstruction on a hearing loss

When we entered the Director of Graduate School's office in 2005, a "disability" coordinator introduced the graduate director Dr. Barber to me and vice versa. As Dr. Barber and I handshaked, he cordially spoke something like via an interpreter, "It's a very pleasure to meet you. I'm truly sorry that I don't know ASL. I wish know it." I was impressed by his acknowledgement by overturning the hierarchical privilege of language.

Whereas, a common phrase I was asked by hearing people is "Can you lipread?" One time, I reciprocally asked, "Can you handread?" Another, "Can you speak?" Yes, I can speak ASL and write English. And, so on.

No one thinks as deeply as Dr. Dirksen Bauman who went far beyond deconstructing himself as a hearing person.

In his TEDx Gallaudet talk, Dr Dirksen Bauman discusses about his experience about transforming from Center to Margin, from being normal to being different, and from being no-labeled to being labeled "hearing".

Dirksen Bauman, Ph.D. gave his talk, "On Becoming Hearing: Lessons in Limitations, Loss, and Respect" at TEDx event at Gallaudet University.

Dr Dirksen Bauman spent over $100,000 for his four-year education, majoring in literature, later only to discover that not a time that literature in signed language was ever mentioned. He thinks there should be a new studies called, "Hearing Studies".

His definition of hearing loss is: "(noun) refers to the limitations that hearing individuals experience by not being aware of Deaf ways of being in the world." He also discusses "Deaf Gain" as a benchmark to learn from on the topics of human connection through eye contact.

By Jolanta Lapiak.