As most of my readers know, I was born deaf and have worn Hearing Aids since I was two. I've had a Cochlear Implant for the last ten years as well.
As far back as I can remember, EVERY Audiologist I've been to didn't know how to Sign. Even the audiologist that was at my School for the Deaf didn't sign!
One would think that there would be deaf and hard of hearing clients who use sign language in need of hearing tests, hearing aids, and repairs?
So my question is for you Audiologists -
Why didn't you learn Sign Language when you entered a "Hearing Loss" field of work?
Is it from the Medical standpoint of "deafness needs to be fixed"?
Or the old outdated (and false) claim of "if the deaf learn to sign, they'll never learn to speak"?
I'm really curious to know what the reasons are!
As a client, being able to sign to an audiologist when you don't have your Cochlear Implant on would be so much easier!
Sure, I get an interpreter for these audiologist appointments, but it feels redundant to need one.