Husna is wearing a maroon shawl with a yellow floral top. She is sitting down and smiling.

Hey! So Glad You're Here.

It has been 25 years since I have been born into a world of silence, and I will continue to live in a world of silence.

At one point, I could not explain the chaos around me unless I had my assistive device. But I, being Deaf, did not stop me from striving hard against all odds. 

Trust me, since I have been born, my life has been a roller-coaster. At first, I did not know much about my Deafness. I did not let it hinder my education and interaction with my peers. Since children are curious, when they pointed out my hearing aids, I just shrugged it off.

But during the period of adolescence, I began noticing myself more, and then the challenges started. I would get angry, depressed, frustrated, confused, and lonely. I would discern the merest details of myself and the environment. At that point, I had low self-esteem and confidence.

 

Thus, it gave birth to all the mental health issues I faced and fed into my insecurities. From there onwards, I suffered from Deaf Anxiety. I became socially withdrawn and introverted.

 

It was my deaf anxiety that kept me from opening to people. I want to create awareness not just for the hearing community but also for Deaf/Hard of Hearing parents because it affects the child's self-esteem for life. 

Many people think if a deaf person wears hearing aids or cochlear, they “magically” hear as ordinary people. To get to this point, we have overcome obstacles, gone through injustice and misunderstandings, which a deaf person could relate to.

Throughout my interactions with ordinary people, I found out that none of them have come across a Deaf person or have awareness about the deaf community. They did not know how to interact with me, and I had to show them I could communicate just like other children. 

As a person living with disabilities (Deaf), I have always come across situations excluded from the activities and misunderstandings. Since then, I have understood that many people with disabilities go through the same thing.

These incidents prompted me to publish a blog, Insight of the Deaf (https://www.insightintothedeafworld.com), where my goal is to spread awareness and sensitize the public on Deafness.