• Ilya Kaminsky July 25, 2022 Ilya Kaminsky is a well-known deaf poet who was born in Odessa. He was born hearing and eventually lost his hearing at four years old from mumps. His father’s death resulted in him expressing through in poetry. Interestingly, Ilya expressed that the sole reason for his love for poetry was that no one in his family knew English, and he... Read More
  • Summer camps July 25, 2022 Hello guys! Summer may end soon, but you can always prepare your children and families’ future for next summer. This is our current information, and we will check back for new updates when summer gets closer. Do you have any wonderful plans for your children or your family for next summer? Summer is the perfect time to go on a... Read More
  • Why is the prevalence of sexual abuse higher in DHH children compared to hearing children? June 26, 2022 Why is the prevalence of sexual abuse higher in the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing (DHH)community than in the hearing population? Research indicates that 50% of DHH individuals aremore likely to experience childhood sexual abuse than 25% of hearing individuals (Obinna et al.,2006). Several factors contribute to this problematic issue within the DHH community. The mostcrucial factor is language deprivation. Many DHH... Read More
  • The Importance of Early Language Acquisition May 12, 2022 Did you know the first five years of life is crucial for early language acquisition? During this short period of life, babies’ brains are like a sponge and can absorb so much information. By the time they reach 5 years old, their brains are 85% developed (Children’s Bureau, 2022). Early language acquisition is essential for cognitive and emotional development. I... Read More
  • Super Bowl ’22 March 30, 2022 There were countless articles which got the deaf community hyped up and on board for the Super Bowl. Many articles led us to believe that the NFL hired ASL performers (Warren Snipe aka Wawa and Sean Forbes) to perform with the rappers on stage. Dr. Dre, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar are well known to be the millennial’s... Read More

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Why I'm Here

Senthil Srinivasan

I created this blog to express my inner thoughts, feelings, and stories about my hearing loss, with hopes of creating a great place that will benefit everyone.

For many years I had been wearing behind-the-ear hearing aids, and have kept my hair long to cover them. I didn’t want people to know about my mild hearing loss. I was very sensitive and uncomfortable about it. As of today, I wear digital hearing aids which make it hard for people to notice as much. So, I decided to change my hairstyle and it doesn’t bother me anymore whether people see them. Looking at my old pictures, I ask myself, “what was I thinking!”

I was not happy with the way I looked back in high school and college, and I have come to realize that the hearing aids were a major reason why I was and still am so isolated from the outside world, and the reason for not having many friends. I believe people didn’t see the real me and my true personality, and lacking confidence didn’t help. They always treated me and looked at me like I was an outsider or diseased in some way. There were also other reasons that played a big role, such as my shyness and not having an outgoing personality, but that too could have been due to the way I was treated. Rather than analyzing the past each and every day, I have decided to open up and share my life experiences and the path that led me to where I am today.

I hope you will visit often and participate by leaving comments, submitting stories or articles, and sending me feedback that could help you, me, and everyone else who has had similar experiences.