I’m deaf, so what …….

I’m deaf and proud!
My name is Chyanne Golding and I am 17 years old. I was born profoundly deaf. The doctor didn’t know I was deaf until I was 2 years old, I was told this by my parents. Before the doctor found out, my parents discovered by making noises behind me but I never turned or looked since I was a newborn baby. A Few months later, I had my first hearing aids at the age of 2. When I turned 3, my mum and dad took me to the hospital to see if I’m allowed to have cochlear implant but the no was the answer. The doctors wanted to know if my hearing would improve with my hearing aids in the next few years.

In 1998, my parent took me to Caverstede nursery, where there’s one girl who was deaf with 2 hearing aids like me, who will be starting there too.We played together all the time. We became best friends, and her named is Katie Bocking. After that I and Katie split up to move to primary school, I went to Dogsthorpe junior school. I was the only deaf person there. I was crowded by hearing people for 7 years but I became popular because of my hearing. I communicated by speaking, lip-reading and listening.

When I turned 11, I started secondary school called Jack Hunt School, where I met few deaf people who used BSL without oral and with oral. I have changed so much since I started because I don’t feel lonely being deaf around hearing people anymore. When I started Jack Hunt School, there’s a deaf girl, who are started same time as me. I recognised her face. It’s Katie, the girl from Nursery! I was surprised and happy to see her again. At Jack Hunt School, I started to learn BSL and I’m still improving ,it makes me realise that I am deaf and I’m proud of it. Sign language has lots of expression, action and it’s like talking in secret or quiet conversation. I used to sign under the table next to my deaf friend while the teacher is teaching. That was bit naughty, I know.

I still have my hearing friends but I think hearing and deaf is the same. But I prefer to hang out with my deaf friends because they trust me, they make me laugh and they understand me easily.
At the age of 15, I decided to have cochlear implants in both ears because my hearing is at the poor level. Now I have white nucleus CR110 and since I has it my hearing improved. I was the first deaf teenager have 2 cochlear implants in Peterborough. Before I had my implants, my hearing got worse and the doctor gave me high frequency hearing aids. I couldn’t hear with it very well, even my mum called behind me but I never turned around. So it’s best to have implants. I had my operation on 11th September 2010 for both ears at the same times. When I had my implant switch on, I couldn’t hear very well at the start but my hearing started to get better in the following weeks. I can hear my Cats purring and people calling my name with a background noises. And other things I had never heard of before.

I am so happy that I chose to have my implants. My confidence improved since my switch on. I can be able to go out and go on bus on my own. I don’t have to worry about what people are trying to tell me anymore. I am proud of myself because I thought I won’t have a good future because of my hearing that got worse. Now I believe that I will have a good future without struggling with my hearing.

During my GCSEs, I have chosen to studies art, product design and physical education. I did enjoy my first year of GCSEs. But in June time, I started to find physical education difficult because it’s has lots of hard words and I never understood what the question means or the information as well. So I gave PE up and changed it into my free so I can catch up with my other works. I am a very creative person as I love to draw and paint. After my GCSEs exam in 2011, I went to my GCSEs results day and found out that I passed. I decided to stay on school as a sixth former. I chose to studies art, product design and level 3 BTEC medical sciences. Also I go to Moulton College on every Friday to do level 1 land based Horticulture.

I am happy with my choices. I am now A-level students at Jack Hunt School and I am proud to be deaf.
In the future I want to study art at university and for my future job I want to work as an artist.


11 thoughts on “I’m deaf, so what …….

  1. Thanks for commenting Liz.

    Well done Chyanne on your piece and thanks for sharing your story with us. People all round the world will be reading.


  2. Thanks for writing this very interesting piece, Chyanne. It's very helpful for me as a teacher to read about your experiences. All good wishes with your studies.


  3. Hi , I am Charlotte and also 17. I have a hearing problem in both ears and I wear hearing aids. This article is great I can related to it so much. I have sometimes felt that people expect you to do badly in education because of hearing problems. But I have managed to show them 🙂 Good on you and I am sure you will go far.
    I am also proud to be deaf


  4. Thank you for writing so well about your experience Chyanne, I read your blog with my 10 year old daughter, she loves art as well and found you inspiring (she sometimes finds it hard at school as English is her second language). We wish you all the best in your future studies.


  5. Thank you for sharing your experience with us Chyanne, it was a pleasure to read your blog! Well done and all the best for the future. I can't wait to see your artworks!


  6. Do you wish they had let you get a CI when you were 2? Are you angry you had to wait? Do you think a 10 year old should be forced to wear CIs when around their deaf parent that only signs? Thanks for sharing your answeres and experience


  7. That was a very inspiring story. I really admire your courage to face problems. It's good to know that you are now able to hear the good sound and music of the world. I hope that you will reach your goals and I wish you all the best.


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