As I read, I couldn't help thinking about how a person's life with deafness may be changed whether they are an extrovert or an introvert.
I'm an introvert myself and I consider myself well adapted to the challenges that come from not being able to hear. I think being an introvert has actually helped me, although I wouldn't have thought that before reading this book. Being more introspective, thinking about things more carefully, and approaching new things more cautiously may have helped me recognize how I might have to modify my approach because I'm not able to hear as well as others.
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Although I sometimes have a hard time understanding extroverts, I can see where a D/deaf extrovert might experience positives and negatives based on their approach to the world.
An extroverted person with a hearing loss may have a wider network of support and people to turn to, as well as more people who know about their deafness. They may be more able to explain to people what accommodations they need and be more willing to push for changes.
On the other hand they may find themselves limited by their hearing loss and frustrated when they can't follow along in a conversation they are interested in. If loud noises hurt their ears (through hearing aids/cochlear implants) they might not be able to go to loud concerts, sports events, etc. that they enjoy.
I'd love to hear perspectives from extroverted and introverted people with hearing loss. What do you think?