The Deaf and HOH meets twice a month at an local coffee shop, Moxie Java. It is a way of getting together for social and also, a place to learn sign language. As I was sitting there and I noticed 3 high school students sitting across from us. One gal, Brittany, came over to our table and started to sign and asked for someone who hadn't yet showed up. She said she had been taking ASL in her high school and was told to come to Deaf Coffee Chat as part of her project. She was so fascinated to learn about all hearing loss. I had explained the type of hearing losses and shared my CI journey. Also, I explained about how the CI works. Also, I explained about the rechargeable battery and told her when it dies, I'll replace for fresh one. Moment later, my battery had died and said, "I'M OFF THE AIR" and they all laughed so hard. Some deaf people told the HS students that they don't want CI and that is their choice. Brittany said if she went deaf, she would definitely choose CI. They soon pulled the chairs over and joined us.
Brittany was much interested to know how the CI work and asked many questions. I shared my experience and explained what I couldn't hear prior to my CI that my HAs did not help. When I told her how much I appreciate music, she said she does sing. Her friend mentioned she had a beautiful voice and I asked her if she would sing for me. She blushed. Perhaps she would if it wasn't in public. The other gal, Brittany told us that she wanted to learn sign language and asked us to teach her few signs such as nice to meet you.
The employees at Moxie Java have an interest in learning sign language and would ask what the sign for certain words.
They truly enjoyed the evening and said they would consider coming back and join us again. It's a place to gather for fun and fellowship.