Being a deaf developer

I’ve been deaf since infancy. It is not profound; my hearing loss is described as moderate to severe and is mostly problematic at higher frequency ranges, the range at which most human speech happens.

I rely on lip-reading and identifying vowel patterns to understand spoken language. Particular struggles are:recognising consonants, especially sibilants and unvoiced consonants (all consonants are high frequency sounds, and the unvoiced and sibilant consonants don’t activate the vocal chords)the beginning of sentencesthe end of sentencesSome deaf people successfully become programmers. It’s mostly thought-based, often solitary work, where all your output is written down.

Specifications and bugs come to you (in an ideal world, at least) on paper and in ticketing systems instead of through other people’s noiseholes. Some areas aren’t quite so fabulous (I’m looking at you, interminable conference call meetings involving 15 people sitting in a circle around a gigantic table), but adjustments are always possible.

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