I grew up with a father who went from partial hearing loss to completely deaf by the time I was in school. Many times this caused confusion and rudeness from others including stores owners and employees. This also meant that my brother my sister and me had to learn to take responsibility on communicating things since most owners didn't sign and writing a message was usually not a logical way to communicate. My father will be 90 this year he has lost most use of his hands from arthritis and most health care workers don't sign or read it. We shift him around 2 months at a time for all 3 of us since a home would be unkind. Are there others here who have had to deal with this kind of thing both with what you grew up with and the problems now? Or if you are hearing impaired or deaf how has this impacted on your life? This may be in the wrong section please advise me.