In a hearing world, deaf teens can feel constantly confronted by their deafness. Since the world is set up for hearing people, a multitude of things in day-to-day life can be frustrating and alienating. Being able to counter this and cope with this requires a level of resilience, but building resilience takes time.
Being resilient is a skill that has to be practiced. Everyone feels fragile from time-to-time, and everyone has issues that they need to cope with. By being mindful about building your resilience, you can reduce (or even eliminate) some of the negative emotions that you feel.
Every teenager has something that they’re upset about, and something that makes them different. While being deaf can feel alienating, it’s also important to recognise that everyone is fighting their own challenges, and that it is possible to overcome.
What does it really mean to be successful? Being successful means being happy and satisfied, and excelling at the things that you love. For many people, simply being happy makes you successful.
Deaf teens may feel as though they have the cards stacked against them. However by interacting more with other deaf peers, it’s possible to reduce the amount of impact deafness has on your life. After all, deafness is only a problem in a world that caters to those who can hear.