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Old 03.03.2020, 09:54
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I admit to like EastEnders quite a lot, I think it is quite obvious anyway :P, but never more so than now.

The medium of a soap is a super 'vehicle' to show to the general public (agree, often exageratedly) topics, which Jane and John Doe wouldn't think twice about in their day to day life. Especially if they are not affected or close to someone affected.

For this and very personal reason, I am really terribly chuffed about the ordeal and loss of hearing 'Ben Mitchell' has to go through now.
So far I can say a BIG BIG THUMBS up to the writers and researchers on the EE team, they did a good job so far, quite liked in particular how they distorted the sound to give an idea how it is for us....... and I for one am looking forward to how this storyline will play out.

Hearing impairment / total deafness is one of the most difficult handicaps to try and 'experience' for good hearing people and because the handicap is invisible, it causes a lot of stress and excludes affected people from many things in day to day life, good hearing ppl wouldn't think about at all.

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Old 03.03.2020, 12:07
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For this and very personal reason, I am really terribly chuffed about the ordeal and loss of hearing 'Ben Mitchell' has to go through now.
So far I can say a BIG BIG THUMBS up to the writers and researchers on the EE team, they did a good job so far, quite liked in particular how they distorted the sound to give an idea how it is for us....... and I for one am looking forward to how this storyline will play out.
I gave up watching Eastenders years ago so I am not au fait with the current storylines but I am curious about this part.

Did they say in the subtitles that the sound had been distorted, did they distort the visuals in the subtitles to make it more difficult to read and Ďsimulateí the hearing distortion in a visual way or did a non deaf person tell you? If I remember rightly you donít hear anything at all.
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I gave up watching Eastenders years ago so I am not au fait with the current storylines but I am curious about this part.

Did they say in the subtitles that the sound had been distorted, did they distort the visuals in the subtitles to make it more difficult to read and Ďsimulateí the hearing distortion in a visual way or did a non deaf person tell you? If I remember rightly you donít hear anything at all.
They 'just' distorted the sound (several times) in a way to simulate how 'we' deafies get it (or not), according to my hearing EE-fan-mates.

And for us, who need the subs, they just wrote that the sound was muted/distorted to inform
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I also stopped watching EE years ago.

I watched "Children of a Lesser God" yesterday though and it made me realize how difficult this is for both sides.
For a hearing person it is almost impossible to be alert 24/7 to all the things a deaf person can not notice (cars coming, children screaming, baths overflowing .... what ever simple daily life brings), to remember at all times to face them (should they be able to lip-read) even when talking to a third person, etc.

I would definitely learn sign-language if I lived with/had a friend who doesn't hear. I believe it would ease the situation.
Am I correct? Do you use sign language, EE?
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I also stopped watching EE years ago.

I watched "Children of a Lesser God" yesterday though and it made me realize how difficult this is for both sides.
For a hearing person it is almost impossible to be alert 24/7 to all the things a deaf person can not notice (cars coming, children screaming, baths overflowing .... what ever simple daily life brings), to remember at all times to face them (should they be able to lip-read) even when talking to a third person, etc.

I would definitely learn sign-language if I lived with/had a friend who doesn't hear. I believe it would ease the situation.
Am I correct? Do you use sign language, EE?
Oh yes, love that film! That scene where James (William Hurt) is in the swimming pool, trying to get a grasp of the handicap, is great and a good start to try to get an idea about deafness.

Signing is not always the be all and end all for deafies. I for one get by, by lipreading only (as well as getting noises over hearing aids) and do lipreading in several languages.
Profoundly deaf ppl (from birth), also learn lipreading along signing at special school.
So to look at the person, talk normally with normal (not exaggerated) voice & prononciation and sound as well as make sure your face is well lit and not obstructed is the best start to communicate with a Deafie.



I am late-deafened (spštertaubt) was only hard of hearing, went to regular school trained in a profession, did lots of untypical things etc. all the while losing hearing steadily until I was totally deaf.

On EE there's talk to get Ben fitted with a CI (cochlear implant), again looking forward if they go through with that. It was recommended for me too, but I declined, am happy in my Deafie bubble of peace and quiet.
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Old 18.05.2020, 13:46
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And to remain on topic of deafness, heres an info from the BBC in regards to the storyline around Ben Mitchell


"EastEnders will be airing a special episode soon, highlighting Benís struggle with the deterioration of his hearing. Jon Sen (Executive Producer) said: ďThis special point of view episode is a ground-breaking episode unlike any other attempted in the history of EastEnders. Helmed by a compelling performance by Max Bowden, it allows the audience the opportunity to experience the world through Benís eyes and ears - a story communicated purely by his dialogue and the snatched words of those around him. I am so proud of what the team have achieved and cannot wait for the fans to see it.Ē We can't wait."





To give 'normal' hearing people an understanding of how life on deaf row is on a day to day basis, with all the hurdles we have to jump over, is notoriously difficult.

Thus as a Deafie, I can only recommend to you to watch it, regardless if you like EE or are a Corrie supporter :P
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If you appreciate the late Victoria Wood, as I do.

Drama channel is re-airing 'Dinnerladies'.
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