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Mocking Hearing Inpaired

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ShockMe Sat 20-Aug-16 19:47:39

To be quite shocked that after a member of the public had posted that they had found a hearing aid and hoped to re-unite it with it's owner.. Our local school's SEN teacher commented 'Pardon?'

startwig1982 Sat 20-Aug-16 19:51:53

It's a joke. Yabu and a bit sensitive!

ShockMe Sat 20-Aug-16 19:53:04

What is funny about it? Seriously, I don't get it.

startwig1982 Sat 20-Aug-16 19:54:36

It's not that funny but it's exactly the same as my DH saying his ears are blocked and me saying pardon. Not that funny but not a crime!

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Sat 20-Aug-16 19:55:07

Not funny at all.

Newes Sat 20-Aug-16 19:56:21

Dickish thing to comment.

StepAwayFromTheThesaurus Sat 20-Aug-16 19:56:47

This is in no way mocking the hearing impaired. It's just a basic, ordinary joke at no one's expense.

doing Sat 20-Aug-16 19:57:47

YAB over sensitive.

VioletRoar Sat 20-Aug-16 19:58:25

Stupid joke. Really not on.

ShockMe Sat 20-Aug-16 19:58:31

Start how is that the same? We are taking about a permanent disability someone has. And that teacher is responsible for supporting children with (amongst other things) that disability. The comment was on a Community social media page. I don't see the joke.

Boogers Sat 20-Aug-16 19:59:45

I'm profoundly deaf and wear hearing aids in both ears. It's exactly the kind of thing H or my DCs would say to me, ditto covering their mouth when they speak when they're winding me up. It's not something I get het up about, though I can understand why you're a bit hmm that a SEN teacher has said it.

TheSilverChair Sat 20-Aug-16 20:00:24

Massive sense of humour failure my (deaf) grandfather would have laughed his head off.

Chippednailvarnishing Sat 20-Aug-16 20:01:49

I don't think your being oversensitive.
I doubt she would have made a joke if it had been something to aid a blind person. Deaf people put up with an awful lot in terms of people thinking their disability something to be mocked.
I'm sure we'll now have lots people defending her, but if I had a deaf child she's the last person I would want to be an advocate for them.

startwig1982 Sat 20-Aug-16 20:01:49

Likewise: my dsis is profoundly deaf and she wouldn't give a flying fuck.

NeedACleverNN Sat 20-Aug-16 20:01:52

I'm severely deaf. I wear a hearing aid in one ear. I sniggered slightly so yes yabu

ShockMe Sat 20-Aug-16 20:02:36

Yes boogers I have friends who are hearing impaired, it's not the sort of joke that I would make but I know some people do and of course each to their own (as long as the recipient is ok with that. ). The fact it is a SEN teacher in a primary school saying that to the local community doesn't seem at all funny to me.

Littleallovertheshop Sat 20-Aug-16 20:03:55

I don't find it funny when I tell people I'm hearing impaired and they say "what" and laugh. Mainly because my being deaf doesn't affect their hearing.

However, in the case of losing hearing aids all jokes amuse me.

malmi Sat 20-Aug-16 20:04:14

The joke is that the person is pretending that it's their hearing aid that's lost, but they can't hear your question because they've lost it. Probably works better verbally rather than written down. Arguably inappropriate but unlikely to be meant with malice. It's not mocking the person who the aid actually belongs to.

RaspberryOverload Sat 20-Aug-16 20:07:15

I'm hearing impaired and I get this all the time. It pisses me off no end.

veryproudvolleyballmum Sat 20-Aug-16 20:08:37

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veryproudvolleyballmum Sat 20-Aug-16 20:09:55

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Crasterwaves Sat 20-Aug-16 20:11:28

Y a n b u - not funny

sticks2 Sat 20-Aug-16 20:11:35

My profoundly deaf son would say that person was 'sad'.

I don't think it's an appropriate 'joke'.

TheSilverChair Sat 20-Aug-16 20:12:11

The fact it is a SEN teacher in a primary school saying that to the local community doesn't seem at all funny to me.

Then you really need to lighten up a bit. Teachers are human. No requirement to be perfect in your eyes. You are being ridiculously precious.

Godstopper Sat 20-Aug-16 20:13:56

I am deaf (cochlear implant & hearing aid).

I don't find it very funny; but neither am I particularly bothered - it's just a bit, blah. Though perhaps a bit questionable coming from a SEN teacher.

I've encountered much, much worse!

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