Essay about Deaf Again

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Book Report on Deaf Again The book, Deaf Again, written by Mark Drolsbaugh, is an autobiography telling his life story which starts with a young boy growing up who goes through the process of losing his hearing and then, as he gets older, he struggles with trying to fit in as a normal child. When Mark was very young, he could hear fairly well then gradually he went hard of hearing until he eventually went completely deaf. Even though he had two deaf parents, the doctors advised speech therapy and hearing aids because they did not understand Deaf Culture and they thought that Mark would be a lot happier if he could hang on to his hearing persona. Throughout the rest of the book, Mark goes through a lot of stages of trying to fit in…show more content…
Mark's grandfather tested him by saying a sentence and seeing if he could repeat it, which he could, then his grandfather would cover his mouth and repeat the same sentence, but this time Mark had no idea what his grandfather was saying. Mark came to the realization that all along he had been reading people's lips and he never even knew it. After this discovery, Mark's grandfather took him to all kinds of doctors trying to find a solution to his hearing loss; a solution that would never come. The doctors told the family, including Mark's deaf parents, not to use ASL in his presence and they would try to force him to hear. He went through all sorts of surgeries where the doctors tried to put tubes in his ears and he was also fitted with all different kinds of hearing aides. None of these solutions were the right ones because Mark still wasn't able to hear. Mark was always forced into situations where everyone would be talking in group conversations and having a good, old time while he just sat there pretending like he knew what was going on. For half of his life, this kind of thing happened constantly where Mark would have to act like something he is not. A year or so after Mark was diagnosed, it was obvious that Mark could not survive at Houston School so his grandfather looked around for the best and discovered Plymouth Meeting Friends School (PMFS). Mark was afraid that everyone would judge him at a new school, but he was

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