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Kids Meet A Deaf Person | Kids Meet | HiHo Kids

– I see that you’re doing sign language. I think I know. Are you deaf? (gentle music) – Hi.
– Hello. – My name is Steven. – My name’s Carolina. – Hi, I’m Crystal, what’s your name? – My name is Mickey. – I like that name. – Thank you. – Me too. – She just copied what I said. – No. – How old are you? – Old enough to be your mom (laughs). – I’m 11. – What are you gonna do today? – [Interpreter] Today, you’re
going to meet a deaf person. Do you know what deaf means? – A deaf person is a
person that can’t hear. – [Interpreter] Right. So, I use an interpreter. – What’s an interpreter? – [Interpreter] An interpreter is somebody who signs for another
person that is speaking. So, she’s interpreting what I want to say. And then, the interpreter tells me what you’re saying in sign language. – Were you born deaf? – [Interpreter] No, I actually lost my hearing when I was five. – That’s so young. – [Interpreter] How old are you? – Seven, Gigi’s five. – No, no, I’m not, I’m nine. – Fake loser. – How did you lose your hearing? – [Interpreter] My grandmother would call my name, “Mickey!” When they brought me to the doctor, Grandma said, “Hey, I’ve
been calling her name “and she’s just ignoring me.” And the doctor did a test and found out that I was losing my hearing. It’s something that runs in our family. My grandparents were
deaf, my dad is also deaf. – Wow, that’s a lot. – Can you hear some things
or are you completely deaf? – [Interpreter] I can hear some things with my cochlear implant. – Can you hear animal sounds? – [Interpreter] Yes. – I can make a cow and cat. Do you wanna see if you can hear it? – [Interpreter] Sure. (imitates cow) (imitates cow) (laughs) (imitates horse) Yeah, I could hear that. I could hear your voice ’cause
you’re sitting close to me. But if I take it off, I’m fully deaf. – What is a cochlear implant? – [Interpreter] Well, it’s
sort of like a hearing aid. But instead of putting it behind your ear to help you hear things, it actually is put inside the skull. – Do they need to cut your head? – [Interpreter] Well,
it wasn’t really a cut. But it was put underneath the skin, right near my ear.
– Oh. – [Interpreter] Would you like to see it? – Sure. – [Interpreter] Can you see the little thing behind her ear? You just wanna see that up on top. – [Boy] Oh, yeah, yeah, that’s cool. – [Interpreter] And then the wire comes down to this little box. And you can turn the volume
up or down and adjust it. And that helps me hear. – That is super duper cool. – Does it help you hear now? – [Interpreter] Yes, it does. It helps me to hear my
favorite thing, which is music. – If you’re deaf, how
do you listen to music? – [Interpreter] I feel the
vibrations, I feel the music. You know how music has vibration? They can put their hand
on something that vibrates or they can feel the
music through their feet. (humming) I plug my cochlear implant
right into my iPad or my phone and I can put it as loud as I want. – Nobody else can boss you around and say, “That’s too loud!” – Right. – [Interpreter] That’s right. – I like music too. – [Interpreter] Really,
what kind of music? – Bruno Mars music. And Michael Jackson. – [Interpreter] What about you? – I really like Tom Jones. – [Interpreter] I think
one of his song, I like. ♫ It’s not unusual ♫ It’s not unusual to have fun with anyone (laughs)
– Yeah. When my mom asked me if I
wanted to go to a concert, and I said, “Yes.” She said, “It’ll be you
and a bunch of old ladies.” (laughs) But I’m still enthusiastic to go. – Do you like to sing? – [Interpreter] Yes, I like to sing. – I’d love to hear you sing. – [Interpreter] You
might to tell me to quit and go back to my day job. I can sing in the shower though. – Shower singing is the
best type of singing. – What instruments do you play? – [Interpreter] Well, I
used to play the piano. – We have so much in common already. You like music, I like music. You play piano, I play piano. – Do you have a cell phone? – [Interpreter] Yes, I do. I have a cell phone for texting. – So, that’s what you only
use your cell phone for, just for texting? – [Interpreter] Yep, I
can’t really hear the phone. I can’t talk to people over the phone. So, we use texting. – What are some other ways that technology helps you
out, like in your daily life? – [Interpreter] For deaf people, we have a doorbell that actually, when you push the button is connected to a light in the house. The lights in the house, you see in different
rooms lights going off. – Ouch, that would hurt my eyes. Do you use an alarm clock? – [Interpreter] Yes, I
do, I have an alarm clock. My alarm clock, when it goes off, it actually vibrates the bed. Sort of like a little, mini earthquake. – Was that scary the
first time you used it? – [Interpreter] Yes. – That’s kind of a cool alarm clock. – [Interpreter] I love it. – Can you teach me how to
say “puppy” in sign language? [Interpreter] We can
use this sign for puppy. You sort of scratching your ears. Use this hand, there you go. – What’s the hardest
part about being deaf? – [Interpreter] The
hardest part is not being able to hear like in
a large group setting. I feel left out. – Do you ever get scared ’cause you can’t hear what’s going on? – [Interpreter] Oh, yes, I do get scared. For example, there was a
situation a long time ago. There was a fire in the
apartment and I was asleep. People were pounding and
knocking on the doors but I couldn’t hear them. And it was scary with
my son being there too. – Your son was in there too? Did he have a little fire on him? – [Interpreter] No. Luckily, the firemen broke into the apartment and saved us. – That sounds serious. – Is there any sounds that you’re glad that you don’t have to listen to? – [Interpreter] I don’t
like listening to yelling. That bothers me, it gives me a headache. That’s easy for me to avoid. I can just take it off
and I don’t hear them. Do you guys argue? – He argues. – She argues with me. – No. – How do you say, “I am a
dinosaur,” in sign language? – [Interpreter] Point to yourself. Me, dinosaur. – Me dinosaur (giggles). – How do you say, “It
was nice to meet you”? – [Interpreter] Wipe your hand, like that. To meet and point to the other person. Meet you. You’re awesome. – High five? – High five (laughs). – [Interpreter] Yay. – Yay! [Interpreter] Thank you so
much for watching today. We hope you enjoyed this video. If you’d like to watch
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