I’ve gotten quite a few messages on Tumblr, comments on YouTube, and e-mails in my Deaf Poynters account asking me if someone can consider themselves deaf or hard of hearing if they actually just have auditory processing disorder.
“I have a question in regards to what counts as d/Deaf/HoH. Would you say that CAPD counts as being a part of this spectrum? Because I have audio processing problems, and I have found myself to experience things socially which I would say is like audism.
I struggle to hear what people say 90% of the time, I can't hear people talk if there's any other noises, and I have been mocked and strongly inconvenienced due to my audio processing.
I have also had to pick up on sign language because of how I struggle to communicate verbally.. And I was thinking that perhaps the line between struggling to hear from how your brain is built and from how your ear is physically, may or may not be that big of a difference?
I'm sorry if this is overstepping, it's just that I know that CAPD is a disorder related to hearing, but I never see it brought up in relation to being d/Deaf/HoH.. And I'm wondering if it's because it has no actual relation, or if it's simply just a lesser known diagnosis.”
“My question is are people with C/APD considered part of the deaf/hoh community? Why or why not?”
“I was wondering how you feel about people with CAPD. Do you think they have a place in the Deaf community, and do you think they could consider themselves Deaf?”
The truth is, I don’t know. I’m not really the person to ask. I don’t know enough about the science behind auditory processing disorder to really know if it’s considered being deaf or hard of hearing or not. If there’s no actual hearing loss involved, I would say no, but like I said, I don’t really know enough. I do understand that the brain cannot process sounds, but is it in the same way that I can’t hear them? I don’t know.
As far as being in the Deaf community? I know that only comes with the work you put in it. Being involved in the Deaf community, learning sign language and using it in your life, that’s what makes you a part of the Deaf culture community. Not just being deaf or hard of hearing itself. That’s a different part of a deaf community.
So I guess I’m not really saying yes, but I’m not really saying no? It’s one big I don’t know. I feel like it’s a discussion that is a really big one and might not have an ending right now. But the comments are open so everyone is free to discuss their own feelings on the matter.