1 – Being able to communicate in the local sign language within days because it’s easier to pick up than spoken languages.
2 – You can turn your hearing aids/cochlear implants off at any time.
3 – You don’t have to listen to people farting.
4 – Immediately being accepted into a new community overseas because you are deaf.
5 – Conversations can continue as normal in sign language whilst across rooms, being underwater, through windows, or across train platforms.
6 – We talk one at a time, in a very sequential manner.
7 – Peaceful nights sleep without interruptions.
8 – Not hearing your housemates shagging.
9 – You can’t hear possums on the roof.
10 – Not having to talk when you have a sore throat, or when you’ve lost your voice.
11 – Better understanding of body language.
12 – Deaf parents can be calmer when it comes to their kids crying because they don’t hear the button-pushing wails and tantrums, so it is easier to ignore and regroup before dealing with toddlers.
13 – Being able to watch tv shows and movies from around the world where captions are available.
14 – Signing incoherently and having the interpreter make you sound smarter than you sound right now.