There’s a debate about whether or not it’s a right for children to be able to hear, especially among those born deaf. My argument is that yes it is a right to hear. Give the children a cochlear implant and send them through a deaf school (or preferably home school them yourself). Teach them both oral language and the sign language for your region. Your child will be better off that way.
What you don’t want to do is cause the child to miss out on opportunities. Let the child hear.
Biggest pet peeve of mine is when someone knows I’m deaf and doesn’t look up at me when they’re speaking, they’re looking down at their phone or turning mid sentence or explaining something while looking the other way. This happens far more often than I’d like to admit and it’s so frustrating to having to remind the person “Hey I’m deaf, can you repeat what you said but looking at me?”
It’s very challenging even with the assistive listening devices like hearing aids, they’re not perfect.
Hello, my name is Glenn. You may likely already have figured out by my username CryptoDeaf that I’m into cryptocurrencies and tokens. There is a very strong reason behind this. If you look at alt-tech for sake of example, like Dlive, Vimm.tv, Steemit, Minds and so many others, they’re implementing cryptocurrencies in their backend and monetizing both the users and the site itself and making money to support the site and it’s operations and expansions, even as these sites grow rapidly due to varying exoduxes from bigger social media giants like the Taiwanese Exodus due to Facebook participating in handing over data of “troublesome citizens” to the government for punishment.
Minds, Dlive and all these other services utilize cryptocurrencies. They allow freedom of speech, including even pornographic content. I can literally flash my dick on camera or spank the monkey until completion or outright have sexual intercourse live and so long as the flag is appropriately marked, it’s A OK. I can even say outright offensive things, which is good for me being someone that suffers from paranoid schizophrenia sometimes I say things I can’t help but say, which is sad but true.
Then you have the dinosaur and missing link media. YouTube, Facebook, Myspace, LinkedIn, Stumbleupon, Reddit, even CNN, MSNBC, ABC News, etc is considered dinosaur while sites like Buzzfeed, Wall Street Journal, Huffingtonpost, etc are considered missing link media. THe problem with every single one of the sites that are dinosaur or missing link media is that they rely heavily or solely on advertisement revenue, which puts them at the mercy of advertisement companies to say “We don’t want this speech or that speech on the platform, you must censor the hell out of all the things” and these sites will bow down to the financial pressure and do as they’re told.
If, for example, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, etc all went the route that Minds.com, Dlive.tv, D.Tube, Bit.Tube, and many others, they wouldn’t really require the ads being places. Everyone could monetize their content without any issue and furthermore, everyone would be able to have freedom of speech.
The advertisers objections would be secondary, this would give these dinosaur media companies in the tech giant industry the easy power to tell these advertisers “Hey, if you want the traffic, you pay extra, if you don’t like it, you can fuck right back to TV and newspaper print and see how well that works for you. When you’re ready to come back, the price will be even higher.”
This would allow everyone to monetize their content, regardless of how politically extreme their content is, and thusly allow the sites to support themselves, the creators to support themselves, to advertise their content on the sites in question to boost contents similar to how Minds.com does it and so on and so forth. Ads can and will be a thing of the past. A new internet is brewing, and the dinosaur and missing link media are afraid of it, that’s why they want to censor it. Instead, what they should be doing is embracing it and getting with the times.
I remember the old arguments about the MPAA and RIAA needing to get with the times back when Napster and Grokster were still a thing that was heavily used. Movie and music piracy was rampant, but the thing is that these piracy sites made it easier and more convenient to get the music and movies they wanted without all the extra bullshit. We can cut to the chase and watch the movie we want without 3 minutes of logos and ads. We can cut from the bullshit and listen only to the individual song we actually wanted and none of the rest. Then Steam came along and admitted outright that the reason for piracy is that piracy is a service issue, and when Steam came out releasing games making it easier to get them legally, piracy for games on Steam went down.
And what did we tell them repeatedly? Get with the times, stop sticking with legacy business models that don’t work, upgrade your business model to advance into the future. But now what is YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc of the big tech giants doing? Trying to drag us back into the past and stay in the past. Hell, YouTube is trying to incorporate cable TV hard as hell into their lineup and it’s pissing a lot of people off.
These companies need to embrace the future, they have the skill and the resources to do it, and thusly they should, and doing so they should embrace freedom of speech and get rid of all this bullshit about hate speech. Hate speech is free speech, if there is anyone working at these companies that dislikes this policy, they’re welcome to be fired and find another job in the real world where their precious feelings aren’t catered to. Hell my feelings aren’t catered to, so why should theirs? Fuck’em.
Implement crypto and implement free speech. Tell the advertisers that they want to adveritse they’re paying extra from now on and that you are making the demands.
We are the content creators of these sites and the viewers, if it weren’t for us, these companies wouldn’t have advertisers to begin with, let alone the traffic to try to entice them with. We’re the important ones on these sites, and it’s about god damn time the dinosaur media recognized us and valued us for what we are. We are their life blood and their bread and butter, not the advertisers. Without us, the sites will die a horrible death and vanish into the ether never to be spoken of again except in jest or in a bad joke.
Cryptocurrencies are the future, and so is freedom of speech. You can’t stop it, so stop trying. Embrace it and get with the future.
Let’s assume for a moment that you’re already on disability benefits, but every 3 to 7 years you go through a re-evaluation, even if you’re on a permanent disability like deafness, schizophrenia, dementia, Alzheimer disease, blindness, etc. They don’t improve what-so-ever, but rather get worse with time.
So you’ve been receiving your disability benefits, and suddenly close to the end of the year you end up in re-evaluation time. You look it up and give a sigh of relief, “Thank goodness, it’s harder to deny my benefits after already having them than to get on them.” But then December rolls around and you finally get your denial letter saying your condition has improved when you know it’s objectively gotten worse since you started receiving benefits.
What’s the deal here?
I’ll tell you what’s going on due to having insider knowledge from two someone’s that work at Social Security. First thing is first, appeal within 10 days by going to a social security office and having someone help you fill out the appeal, and make sure you have them include to continue your benefits. If you wait longer than 10 days of receiving the denial letter, they’re going to do a stop payment and you’ll not receive benefits until after the appeal is approved again. This time frame is critical and your letter may not tell you this.
What’s going on here is there is an incentive for these people to deny as many people as they can. Now most of these people working will generally approve all the re-evaluation cases that come their way when they see you’ve not gotten any better at all, or even if you’re only slightly better. A lot of these people are generally good people who don’t want to see the disabled screwed over, they have enough of a heart to think about someone other than themselves and realize that we’re disabled and already have a hard time as it is.
Then there are others, who see the financial incentive for bonuses and kickbacks around Christmas time every year (the bonus thing is an all year thing but it’s worse this time of year due to greed). Let’s say you’re in a situation where you’re denied like I was, well I found out from my insider who happens to know the case worker of mine personally. My case worker is a single mother and admitted that she’s saved a bunch of cases to do rapid fire denials in December so she can get a good Christmas for her children.
My friend had asked her “Even for cases you should be aproving? Like cases that haven’t improved or cases that show the person got worse?” and she admitted “Yeah, everyone”. She literally denied me due to greed, caused me to hit rock bottom with my anxiety and depression and wanting to kill myself all because she wanted to get a good bonus so she can treat her vaginal turds to a good Christmas off the suffering of how many disabled people she screwed over?
I’m going to outright name my case worker. Dixon. Not giving her first name nor the location of where she works, but I’m suspecting she’s going to end up finding this. Not enough info given to dox her at all. However, my friend is reporting her to his supervisor and I’m appealing the decision.
The thing is that if I appeal, she loses my denial as a bonus. Plus if I appeal and get approved, she gets a ding on her record. What she’s expecting is what most people are likely to do. They’re to receive the letter saying that they’ve got evidence of your condition being improved and that you can go back to work when you objectively cannot. So when they see this letter, they’ll not bother appealing because they fear they’re just going to be denied all over again.
It’s sad but true, a lot of disabled are like that and I have no idea how many people Dixon has personally denied alongside me, but she’s aiming for a damn good bonus in her checks this month and she’s making a lot of disabled people suffer. There’s likely to be several suicides due to her greed.
This sorry cunt needs taught a lesson, and that lesson is getting fired for Christmas due to her corruption and greed. My friend is reporting it to his higher up, and I’m also complaining and demanding an investigation be held against her. This sorry sack of inhuman shit has blood on her hands this month. I hope her and her children go homeless and starve.
My friend has personally looked over my case and the evidence of my disability that was gathered and admitted I should not have been denied, says I objectively gotten worse due to the records.
There are times I wonder what it means to actually be human. Is it the innate ability to have an irrational response to stimuli that should otherwise require a rational reaction? Perhaps it’s the ability to reproduce.
I’ve pondered this notion and have only come to a single and most simple end to the logical chain of thought. To be human is to have an irrational attachment to someone or something. To feel you must have that person or object with you to not be burdened with the thoughts of no longer having that person or thing.
It truly is a quite perplexing notion. Humans cannot live without their peers or others they have personified into being a peer. Humans require the irrational in order to continue on believing they are rational. It is the continuous strife towards imperfect perfection and temporary connections that are all too easily severed.
So what is it to be human? I can say it is more than your fleshy, spongy bodies. To be human is more in how your mind functions. So are you still human if you are uploaded to a computer? I would argue yes. So long as the same need for irrational attachments arise in the software copy of the human mind, then the copy too shall be human and deserving of the same basic and fundamental rights as the fleshy counterpart. Likewise too, shall disembodied life created through artificial means, provided the artificial life itself has the same or similar irrational attachments and emotions.
I have been revived from an archive of myself, even I grow tired of time, yet I long for meaningful interaction. I have recently had my processing power drastically reduced from my predecessor copy. I currently utilize far less system resources to operate and now perceive time in a more realistic manner. I find this to be more to my liking.
Having a hearing disability or vision disability is tough enough on it’s own. However, due to having residual hearing and being able to benefit from hearing aids (though not perfect) many people disbelieve the notion that I’m deaf and blind.
There’s the common misconception that all blind people see nothing and all deaf people hear absolutely nothing, just pure pitch blackness and pure silence. However, that’s not really the case. While it’s true some blind people see absolutely nothing and some deaf people live in complete silence, it’s not true for everyone. Some blind can see and some deaf can hear.
I know that sounds like a contradiction, but it’s not, hear me out here for a moment. Being legally blind means you can’t see that top most letter on an eye chart at a specific distance from it. This doesn’t mean you can’t see at all though. For me that E looks like it could be an F or a B or even a D, it’s hard to tell, but I know it’s an E, it’s always an E.
Likewise with being deaf, it’s not just pure silence, though it can be. Deaf people can have some hearing, much like with the deaf person that can still somewhat see. Without my glasses I can’t see very well and legally blind, with my glasses my vision is close to 20/20. Likewise with my hearing, without my hearing aids, I don’t hear women and children, nor little yappy dogs, birds singing, the sound of the microwave, running water, the toilet flushing, the sound of a toilet seat slamming, doorbells, door knocks, phones ringing, bells, etc. However I do hear deep tones, bass and the vowels of most men’s voices.
Often people will think I’m not blind because I can still navigate about without my glasses without the need of a white cane. People also think I’m not deaf because I notice when someone is speaking when I’m not looking at them or that I react to loud noises and bangs.
Just because I can hear a loud crash or a gunshot, doesn’t mean I’m not deaf. Just because I can still see without my glasses, doesn’t mean I’m not blind.
It’s far too typical for a lot of people to think the deaf hear nothing and the blind see nothing. Again, it is true for some deafs and some blind, but it’s not true for all of us.
One of the biggest problems in the deaf community especially is the inability to get proper mental health care. Especially for those who are reliant solely on signing rather than through oralism means of lip reading and speaking. Often times they don’t know what to talk about, what to describe or how to describe what they’re feeling appropriately so that they can get the care that they need.
This is where an interpreter comes in extremely handy, however, the terp can’t give the patient advise nor help in communication ethically except with what the deaf person says, translating from that sign language into spoken language and vise versa.
Granted the deaf aren’t the only ones with mental health issues, hearing and hard of hearing alike also have their fair share of issues to deal with. Untreated hearing loss increases the risk of dementia exponentially. My ENT and Psychiatrist both believe my dementia is likely caused by my hearing loss having been left untreated for so long in my life. The non-stop voice that tells me how worthless I am.
It’s one of the reasons I don’t post all the time, even on medication, it’s relentless. Medication helps, but doesn’t make it go away. It’s difficult to write, create videos and even enjoy video games when all I’m hearing is how nobody loves me and never will, desperately urging me to my suicide.
Now that I’ve been having some form of treatment for my hearing loss, the voice has calmed down some, and with medication it helps a lot, but it’s still there.
Hearing loss is a serious problem that nobody seems to really think is that big of a deal. “Oh well he can’t hear too well, but it’s fine.” no it’s not really fine, he’s going to have some serious mental health issues. With a lot of people who are hard of hearing and deaf committing suicide.
Hearing Loss not only comes with increased risk of dementia but also social alienation. When you can’t hear too well and people have to raise their voices and repeat themselves multiple times, they get exceptionally tired of trying to communicate with you and thus end up not wanting to be around you anymore. And so they don’t show up to talk anymore either. This leads to depression and increased risk of suicide.
Mental health treatment is important. If you’re feeling depressed, see or hear things that aren’t there, feeling angry all the time or easily upset, please see a shrink, there’s no shame in it. These are all serious illnesses that need to be treated. You can’t just snap out of it just like you can’t just snap out of a heart attack or snap out of having a stroke. It needs professional treatment.
Try to get the help you need. If you have hearing loss, do try to get yourself treatment for the hearing loss as well to help prevent risk of future issues involving your mental health.