~ Examples of Hearing Privilege
-Are privileged to apply to any university they choose without discrimination and not have to worry whether an interpreter will be available to interpret when they attend said university.
-Do not have to worry about funding for interpreters.
-Can have direct communication with their peers and teachers in a classroom without the use of an interpreter.
-Get to have full communication with parents and family in their first language.
-Get to share the same cultural values as their family.
-Don’t have to defend and fight to have their language recognized and respected.
-Can apply at any job they choose without fear of discrimination.
-Can watch almost everything on TV, at movie theatres, and on the internet without needing captioning.
-Are considered a part of “normal” society.
-Can automatically expect fair customer service at stores and restaurants.
-Can easily communicate on the telephone and not be hung up on because the person on the other side of the line doesn’t want to deal with them.
-Can be at ease at restaurants, on ferries, trains, and airplanes because they know that if anything goes wrong, they’ll hear an warning being announced.
-Have auditory devices easily accommodated to them such as doorbells and alarms.
-Can easily and freely engage in conversation with their family, friends, coworkers, neighbours, and strangers.
-Can go to a museum or special events without needing an interpreter.
-Do not have their intelligence automatically questioned as soon as someone meets them.
-Do not have people come up to them and try and be funny by mimicking their language.
-Can go out without making sure they have paper and pen on them at all times in case they need to communicate.
-Do not have to worry about whether they are lip-reading someone properly.
-Do not have to worry about showing up and be singled out as “the only person like that” at an event.
-Can be happy with the way they are and not have to defend their reasoning for not wanting to change anything about themselves.
-Can go to any social event without feeling left out because the majority is communicating in a different language, on a regular basis.
-Can feel sure that any social event they choose to attend will be easily accessible to them, and do not feel the need to get in touch in advance to ensure that it is accessible.
-Get to move along in society on a daily basis without ever having to think about how their hearing has privileged them.
Disclaimer - I am not trying to say that every hearing person has every privilege on this list, obviously some don’t for various reasons, but this is just a general list of privileges that hearing people may have.
Reblogging a post I wrote a year ago. Any d/Deaf or HoH people want to add anything to this list?
-Do not have to worry about their personal safety, such as beeping trucks backing up, cars honking horns, people running them over with grocery carts, because people give out auditory warnings
-Have the luxury of ‘not being rude’ because they respond to people who try to get their attention using auditory cues
-can go into a doctors office and have privacy
-dont have their ability to do normal everyday things praised as some sort of miracle and/or inspiration
-dont have their ability to do normal everyday things questioned and told they cant do that
-dont get told time and time again there is something inherently wrong with them for their ability to hear
-Hearing Privilege is getting upset that d/Deaf people were rude to you in a d/Deaf space.
This does not apply correctly. This only works if you think of hearing/deaf Hearing/Deaf as opposites, rather than as shades of grey on a scale.
For example, I am Deaf and hearing impaired. Though I don’t use an interpreter, and I talk to my family in my native language with a lot of difficulty.
So, while those are shades of “hearing/Hearing privilege”, they are not universally applicable in the entire Deaf community.
This is just another example of reverse-audism, or an emphasis on deaf Deaf.
This is why I feel alone and ostracized, even in the culture I should be able to call my own.
it does apply correctly. because its everything specifically privileges Hearing people have. thats not to say that all d/Deaf people dont experience some of them in different ways. the OP was written by someone who was born deaf and only signs, her experience is very different than mine and obviously yours. thus why everyone is adding to the list because it IS a scale, we ALL have very different experiences. i can use my voice, i struggle to communicate with my family in mine and their native language. but that doesnt erase the fact that all of these are still Hearing privileges.
also by using ‘reverse’ audism you are legitimizing the original act of audism.
these dont apply to ALL d/Deaf people because they apply to hearing people. im sorry you feel isolated, and you have every right to feel however you want, but you may want to fully understand a social criticizem before you criticize it yourself.
also you said it is an emphasis on ‘deaf Deaf’. well yes. it is. exactly. because by emphasizing d/Deaf you are being inclusive of all the d/Deaf identities.
I agree with Elle. I can speak to my hearing friends and family without an interpreter, but I use one when I take or teach classes (depending on the level of class).
It’s a range of abilities of each d/Deaf person. But hearing people have these privileged that most of use don’t- even if we’ve never experience every opposite on the list.
And if you honestly feel that isolated, I kind of wonder what community you’ve been in and where you live. I have found the Deaf community to be very diverse where I live (and saying that about Ohio is kind of an oxymoron). Some people ARE very militant about it, but MOST DEAF PEOPLE I KNOW AREN’T. They have the same experiences I do- using their voice in some situations, and an interpreter in other situations. They may not have experienced all of these situations either, but they’ve definitely experienced several if not most. I know because we talk about them! And it feels GOOD to be able to share your frustration sometimes. Most hearing people have NO IDEA that they’re as privileged as they are. I didn’t know how privileged I was as an American Deaf person until I went to Australia!
Privilege is still privilege. It doesn’t in any way making hearing people evil or anything. But it’s there. And if you ask most people, I would think they WOULD see hearing and Deaf people as opposites. I strongly agree that it’s a scale, but most of the world sees in black and white, not the shades of grey in-between unfortunately.