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Bit of background about myself before linking to the YouTube video.
I am half-deaf; with roughly 60% hearing loss in my left ear and 40% hearing loss in my right ear (at least the last time they tested my hearing back in 2005 or early 2006). The hearing loss appears to be getting worse over the last year. I don’t speak American Sign Language (ASL) although I know most of the alphabet.
For a brief 3-month period back in late 2005 or early 2006, I was about as close to being functionally deaf as I have ever been. An ear doctor poured a medicine into both ears to alleviate ongoing (at the time) chronic ear infections. The medicine didn’t help with the infections – it took surgery a few months later by an ear surgeon, but the next day when I woke up, my hearing was maybe 5 – 10% of what it had been before the medicine had been poured in my ear. The ear doctor said it wasn’t the medicine. However, according to my research using federal government websites, this medicine was no longer used because in a controlled drug trial, 1/3 of the patients they were given the medicine lost significant amounts of hearing. I am not a doctor, but I trust the doctors who ran the test more than I trusted my doctor who claimed the medicine wasn’t at fault.
The only thing I couldn’t find out in my research was if the hearing loss was temporary or permanent. After three (3) months, I had resigned myself to people yelling at me in order for me to barely hear them. Then, one day I woke up and found that most of my hearing had returned to the levels before the doctor poured the medicine in my ears.
Onto the YouTube video: The First 100 Signs You Need to Know!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUMEcnkvhJU (around 24:32 minutes long).
You can learn more about Rochelle and ASL in the link that she included in the video description: https://aslrochelle.com/31days.
At some point, I may reach the point of needing to use ASL, Signing Exact English (SEE), or some other form of nonverbal communication if my hearing continues to get worse as I get older. On the off-chance, I don’t need to learn it, I would like to learn it as I have had some deaf friends in the past.