Show is almost always better than tell, especially for ones who can’t well… tell.
Recently, a girl whose deaf got herself inked with the trademark symbol of a speaker with an ‘x’ next to it, which means of a no-sound, right under her left ear. This was to let people know that she is deaf in her left ear, so they would not talk to her on that side.
Under the netizen name, raingoose, she put this image up on Imgur captioning it, “A friendly (way) to remind the world not to talk to (her) from the left”, which has gained over 2.5 million views in just a day.1
She did go on to say that this was not a spontaneous decision but something she put a lot of thought into for weeks before deciding that this was the best way to say she couldn’t hear.
Some commentators suggested that a microphone could be better. But she thought people may not talk to her or they could even assume that she cannot speak instead.
She also made a shout-out to anyone who cannot hear or is hard of hearing, that it can suck but eventually you get used to it and adapt, and it would seem less important than it once did.
Likewise, some other Imgur users such as: DactylicHexameter said, he/she is totally stealing her idea because they are also deaf in their left ear. Another Imgur user, Chaseman8, said he loved the tattoo, as it will help ease the tension in social areas with a sense of humor as he is also deaf in his left ear due to a skateboarding accident.
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