Wait, do I sound different? The ‘Deaf Accent’

For the hard of hearing kids and teenagers who communicate orally, this article might be of interest to you. Two weeks ago, I went to a retreat where I knew only a handful of people in attendance. Otherwise, everyone else was a stranger to me.

I was asked by at least two people that I ‘sounded’ different. Different. Yep. One of them even told me that I had an accent.


The ‘Deaf’ Accent methinks.

And you know what else happened after? They went on to say: “oh but you speak so well!”

ThanksI guess?

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Point is, in the moment I wasn’t sure if they were intentionally trying to point something out to me, or were they just being honest? Sure, the comment initially comes across as rude – as a teenager I would have been INCREDIBLY self conscious about such feedback. In fact, I messaged one of my high school classmates about this and she had to think long and hard about it (that tells you how long it’s been since I was a 13 year old!). Her answer: hmm. I don’t remember!!!

Mic Drop.

What feels like a situation where you’re completely vulnerable isn’t what stands out in other people’s minds for much longer than 30 seconds.

Mic Drop.

If you think you have a ‘Deaf’ accent, own it. If the French, the Italians, and the Japanese can have accents, so can we.

Mic Drop.

As a 33 year old who wished my younger self could hear these words of wisdom: do your best, and don’t fret over those who say that you sound different.

A few more online articles that I found really well written are listed below for extra support (and to let you know that there’s others who can commiserate with you!)

BOOM. Own that Deaf Accent my friend!