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Sounds We Miss And Don’t Miss ft. Jessica Flores (American Sign Language Vlog)

[INTRO: PENCIL WRITING] [POKEMON GAME SOUND] Hello! As you can see, I’m not alone today. Who is with me? Who are you?! JESSICA: I’m Jessica Flores. RIKKI: You might know her. She’s also a deaf YouTuber. Very funny. You have to watch her channel. Okay, I have a question for you. Since you’re deaf, how did you drive here? JESSICA: I don’t know! RIKKI: My mind is blown. JESSICA: It’s all magic. RIKKI: Oh, wait! She has a video about this! You have a video on this topic. Go watch that, okay? Anyway, there’s a reason we’re here together. Today, we’re going to be discussing sounds we do and don’t miss. So deaf people, we will get comments from people saying that they couldn’t, wouldn’t want to be deaf because how could they listen to music, birds chirping, water/ocean waves, whatever else. This video isn’t going to be about discussing “important” sounds in life, but regularly “everyday” things in our lives that we may or may not, will not miss. Nothing like emergency things, well, maybe, if they really scare you and you hate them. You know what? Whatever. We’ll just keep this going. Because you are my guest, you start. JESSICA: So, it’s hard for me to say what sounds- it’s [sign], right? RIKKI: Yeah, [sign]. JESSICA: -I miss because I don’t really remember- RIKKI: Right, you can’t miss what you never knew, JESSICA: Yes.
RIKKI: Never had, never heard. JESSICA: That is true. But I have a lot of sounds that I don’t miss. RIKKI: I can imagine. This wind… JESSICA: So, I have hearing aids. If I put them in… So, I have hearing aids and there’s a lot of sounds I really don’t like. RIKKI: And you live in a very busy city: San Francisco. JESSICA: Yeah, so, I think I’d be discussing more about what sounds I don’t miss. RIKKI: That’s completely fine. JESSICA: Something I would miss, uhm… RIKKI: Maybe it’s something you’ll miss in the future or presently, whatever. It doesn’t matter. JESSICA: True, because my hearing has been deteriorating for years. Something I miss would be my family’s catchphrases. RIKKI: Like jokes and stuff. JESSICA: My family are really funny people. They have a saying- My grandma, for example, she would say, “YAHOOOOOOOOO!” RIKKI: Someone here is gonna be like, “WTF was that?” JESSICA: And I feel like I would miss that, you know? But I’m happy that I’ve heard it before. I accept that if I can’t hear it at all in the future. I don’t miss crows. They sound… RIKKI: Like nails on a chalkboard.
JESSICA: Yes! RIKKI: That’s the next one.
JESSICA: Yes! JESSICA: I have that. But crows’ screeching sounds like-
RIKKI: It’s very loud. JESSICA: Yeah, but they sound like they’re being choked to death. It’s really scary! I don’t like it! RIKKI: I miss cat meows. Currently, I can hear my boy cat, Zane, a little bit. He has a deeper voice which I hear better, his meows and growls. But he has to be close, I have to be holding him. I can’t hear him if he’s way over there on the floor. JESSICA: She’s gonna have to hold her cat right up to her ear. RIKKI: But my girl cat, Libby, I can’t really hear her as her voice is more high pitched. If I hold her, she has to be so close- JESSICA: That’s the cat.
RIKKI: Yes, this is the cat. Just pretend. If she’s this close and she meows, I can hear it, but that’s a lot of work. And then she’s very angry. She’s like, “Put me down! I don’t want to be held!” I don’t miss… well, this is going to be depressing, but if you know, if you watch my videos, I grew up with a lot of abuse. So a lot of- I can’t spell this word even in English- physical and verbal abuse, so I still hear a little of it, depending but most of the time, I don’t, so I’m kind of wishing that [the rest of] my hearing would just go away completely. This ear has almost nothing and this one only has a little bit. So I’m waiting for that ‘cos I don’t want to hear that anymore. There’s a lot of PTSD with that. So I don’t and wouldn’t miss that. JESSICA: That’s a good one. RIKKI: Future things said here will be a little happier, I promise. JESSICA: Something I miss would be laughter. Especially from my younger sister. Like, my youngest sister. She has a very cute laugh. Something else I don’t miss would be… RIKKI: The nails on a chalkboard. JESSICA: Yeah.
RIKKI: I don’t know the sign for that. JESSICA: Yeah. That hurts my ears so much. If my hearing aids are out, it’s fine, but if they’re in, it’s horrible. It hurts! RIKKI: I probably wouldn’t hear that. I don’t think I would. JESSICA: It sounds awful. RIKKI: I can imagine. I mean, I’ve heard it when watching movies and shows with earphones in, but I don’t think I’ve heard it in real life. JESSICA: I think I’ve only heard it while wearing hearing aids. Ah, you don’t want to hear that noise. It’s awful. RIKKI: Now, we have more technology so we don’t have to worry about that. JESSICA: Yes! I don’t know why that sound exists. It’s time to go. End chalkboards now! Your turn. RIKKI: Really, I think that was the only sound I’d really miss, but sometimes music. Now hold on! JESSICA: Hold it! Stop right there! Wait a minute. RIKKI: A little while ago, I made a video about this topic, on other ways that deaf people listen to music, but when it comes to listening to it the “normal” way, there are a few singers I would probably miss. Like my favourite singers’ voices. For example, two: Brian Joo- JESSICA: I’ve never heard of him. RIKKI: KPOP, or more R&B. And then a Taiwanese singer named Aaron Yan. There are some other songs I’d miss. But I’m not focused on listening to music right now. I still listen to it sometimes. A long time ago, I was listening to it everyday, all the time. But now, I’m just like, “Eh. Okay.” It’s not a serious thing, but for now. Something I don’t miss. Uhm… JESSICA: What is it?! RIKKI: I’m in my house all the time. I don’t remember sounds. What are those?! Alarms. I can’t quite get the sign for that. My alarm is one of those you put under the bed. JESSICA: The vibrations are frightening. RIKKI: I have it on silent so that it’s only vibrations. But sometimes when you turn it off, it makes a noise very similar to the nails on a chalkboard. I hate it. It’s scary and I hate it. Every time I turn it off and I hear it for even one second, I’m like, “NO!” JESSICA: “No! Stop that!”
RIKKI: Okay, no, it’s not that serious. But I hate it. I wait for the day that I never have to hear it again. That’s the only high pitched noise I can hear. I don’t think it’s the same sound as a carbon monoxide alarm or a kitchen timer. I don’t think it’s the same kind of sound. JESSICA: I’m the same. There’s not a lot of sounds I would miss that would be like, “Oh, poor me!” because I feel like I’ve learned to adapt and accept who I am, being deaf. RIKKI: A lot that I do now is just being by myself. I think the only- maybe the third thing I miss is when I’m traveling to YouTube events, all, eh, not all. Okay. Most of my YouTube friends are hearing, but pretty much all the friends at these events are hearing. There’s no other deaf creator there. There needs to be! JESSICA: There needs to be!
RIKKI: We’re working on that. JESSICA: It’s time. RIKKI: We have disabled creators at these events, but I’m the only deaf one. I mean, yes, please invite me. I want to go, but you come with me! Take us both. Sometimes, if I’m going to VidCon, my LA friends, even the hearing ones, some of them sign, so that’s fine. But if I’m going to DC or Florida for Playlist, nobody signs. Well, DC, yes, but not at the event, so I end up feeling pretty lonely. If there’s a party, I need to be drunk, I don’t really care. JESSICA: It’s hard. RIKKI: If we’re sitting and having a chill dinner and everyone’s having a conversation, sometimes, I miss being able to understand it even though I don’t really remember being able to understand a lot to begin with. Normally, I can sort of hear the conversation, but I can’t understand it. It depends on the person. JESSICA: Yeah, I feel the same. I feel like I miss really connecting with other people. Now, it’s really hard to really connect with people because they don’t know ASL or they’re always moving their heads when talking. RIKKI: Like you’re both sitting here and then the other just looks off into the other direction. JESSICA: WHY?! But yeah. I don’t know if I ever really understood group conversations. RIKKI: Sometimes, I get bits and pieces. I don’t want to make a whole conversation about this right now, but if I put in earphones and learn a YouTuber’s voice, it can be a little easier sometimes, but that’s a whole video for later. JESSICA: It’s weird that it’s easier to understand someone when you spend time with them. RIKKI: And you learn, sometimes their voice, but- yeah. JESSICA: Lip reading is easier if you know the person. RIKKI: Well, that’s all I have to say on this topic. If you have any sounds that you miss or don’t miss, leave a comment below. JESSICA: We want to know. RIKKI: Create a discussion. There will be a video on her channel. The link will be somewhere around here. So go subscribe to Jessica and we’ll see you later. BOTH: Bye!

61 Replies to “Sounds We Miss And Don’t Miss ft. Jessica Flores (American Sign Language Vlog)”

  • I never could hear road construction when I’m in my car but now that I have hearing aids it’s the worst. I always think my car is exploding lol

  • Rikki, have you checked out Jessica Kellgren- Hayes? Shes a British deaf disabled Youtuber. Shes not only hilarious but has the most optimistic point of view of things thats really lovely.

  • yay video! I wouldn't miss hearing fire alarms, lawnmowers, motor cycles, vaccums, other really loud noises. I would miss hearing my cats meow. My mom taught me signed english when I was a baby because she wanted me to have language. I can talk as well, I learned both at the same time.

  • this was such an interesting video to watch. 🙂 also thank you both for fingerspelling slowly. it takes time for me to process finger spelling and a lot of people tend to fingerspell quickly.

  • I'm always so excited of your videos, keep up great content! This was fun and interesting one, I tho feel so sorry for the cat meowing part and of course music. I have heard that there's some kind of way for deaf people to 'listen/hear' music, like it was something about like bass vibrations or something like that? I'm not sure if it's true tho.

    I have started learning sign language couple months ago, it's Finnish sl tho, but I would love to learn asl after I handle the basics in Finnish. My hearing is okay, left ear is not that great but it's not the biggest problem – I have dysphasia* so sign language would probably make communicating easier in general, comparing some signing while I would speak.

    In general it would be amazing to learn it to undertand deaf people or who can't speak and only signs! My future dream job is sign language interpreter. c:

    * problems with understanding speaking/text and/or making it, I have some general problems with both sides

  • Aw the cat meow. I would miss that too. My kitties are my babies. I only have trouble with hearing speaking voices when there is background noise. So group conversations I only get bits a pieces as well. And even with one person at a restaurant I’m trying to figure out their sounds and lip reading. Though if it’s a quiet room when we’re alone I can hear them. I don’t go out a lot so sometimes I forget that it is a struggle in crowded areas and that makes it even more frustrating. Especially if the people are frustrated with me asking them to repeat it.

  • I hate being at loud bar/restaurant with my friends. I really have to fight to understand them. Most of the time I just give up and sit and drink or eat and play on my phone. I miss waking up to birds. I can go outside and hear them thankfully. But not inside. I don't miss the traffic outside my house. I can still hear it but it's not as loud as it used to be. Very few sounds bother me. I think that am going to miss most sounds. I lost more hearing in my right ear on Halloween night. I don't know how much but it's got that off feeling when I suddenly lose hearing.

  • Jessica's so funny! You two have a great dynamic together! Something related but not restricted to being funny just occurred to me: are there any deaf-inclusive theatres, plays, stand-up comedy presentations, etc? Mainly for the audience. Or are deaf and HoH people mostly alienated in regards to appreciating these art/entertainment formats? Also, since I'm Brazilian, this question has hovered over my head for a while now: how do deaf and HoH, fluent in ASL people communicate with hearing, non-native-English-speakers? Since I'm from Brazil, even if I were to communicate using a sign language, my go-to language would be LIBRAS (Língua Brasileira de Sinais – Brazilian Sign Language). Is written English the first option? And what are the options when communicating in person with deaf/HoH foreigners? Is written English the first thing everyone goes for or do you need interpreters and translators and hope that nothing gets literally lost in translation? I hope I'm not being offensive, and I also hope my English isn't excessively broken. :p Keep up the great work, Rikki, I really love this channel!

  • I would definitely not miss traffic noise, especially those obnoxiously loud motorcycles.. I can never seem to turn off my hearing aid fast enough when one zips past. I kinda miss the sound of rain falling on the roof/windows when I'm falling asleep.

  • You both have a great energy together! Going out with friends and others to parties, and bars and not knowing if you caught or understood a conversation, must be hard. That's one of those things that just doesn't seem like it's something you would ever feel good about. Do people tend not wanting to help you understand?

  • This was a fun video. I also noticed that it was super windy out while you were filming – a bonus for videos that don't need sound, you can film outside regardless.

  • I've been a viewer for a long time. I asked you for advice once on facebook and never heard back a response. I figured I'd offended you. I wasn't educated on the deaf community at all when I messaged you. I probably sounded awful and I apologize if I ever did even if you don't remember our interaction.

    My daughter if deaf in her right and profound hearing loss in her left. At the time she had some hearing in both ears and I'd been asking for help because I was so concerned of not being able to give her everything she deserved as a parent. It's been a hard road to try and communicate with her and learn ASL when from day 1 she wanted nothing to do with it. I keep learning and hoping that one day she will show an interest in it. She was born hearing and she has been losing it slowly. I'm trying so hard to learn ASL and be a part of the deaf community where I can and your videos really help me, both in learning, and reminding myself that I'm doing better than I think because I can understand at least 50% of what you sign.

    I don't know, your videos have really helped me over the years. I just wanted to say thank you, and tell you that it always makes me so sad when you talk about abuse growing up. No one should have to go through that.

  • I miss…. What do I miss? Oh that's right, nothing! 😛 I've never been able to hear shit so I miss nothing. There are some things that I do WISH I could hear sometimes like the rain, or waterfalls, but it's not like man I really miss out! I'm ambivalent about it.

    About more deaf creators at VidCon, I WANT TO. If only I had money 😭

  • Doctors told me that I would lose most if not all of my hearing by the age of 18. Now I am older and within the last 2 years, my hearing has been fading quickly. I am trying to learn ASL but it is hard since I also have memory issues. I miss being able to hear conversations, I hate asking people to repeat themselves a little louder. I know that I will miss being able to hear my children's voices.

  • This was a fun collaboration to watch. Now I'm off to Jessica channel to see your other video with her🤗 Rikki, will you be selling your shirt? I love the stripes on the sleeves. Looks cute on you.

  • The sound of public toilets flushing! That high powered growl of water and Ick …. That's like the worst sound, I think. I don't miss it at all.

  • Great video! You guys are funny together! I liked what you were saying about understanding people better if you know them or spend time with them. I find the same to be true for me as a hearing person signing with a deaf person. The more I sign with them the easier it is to understand them. Some deaf people I know sign very crispy and clearly, others are more relaxed or a little sloppy, and one man has very short fingers. It takes time to get used to different signing styles.

  • This was so much fun to watch! I love how ASL involves a lot of facial expressions, and it was so much fun to learn some new signs through this video. As a hearing person, some sounds I would not miss if I became deaf would be thunder, fire alarms, high pitched frequencies to shoo away cats, and emergency earthquake alarms (which are scarier than the actual earthquakes lol). They can go!

  • So nice to see you both! o/
    I never heard a single thing all my life as a profoundly deaf person. However, there are some vibrations I definitely wouldn't miss! They feel so awful. I can tell the sound would be awful if I scratched the chalkboard because it felt awful! I have had experiences of very loud deep pitches at concerts that make my head jump and the inside of my ears ticklish. Whoa. I don't want to feel that ever again! These kind of stuff I can't hear but is really annoying as vibrations, lol.


  • Same! I hate group conversations or group projects. Whenever there's a group project, I tell my classmates that I need them to talk one at a time. Initially, they agreed to it and do great at the beginning but once brainstorming takes over, they all talk at once, leaving me out of loop and unable to participate.

    Now, sound I don't miss: gym whistle. So piercing. They need to brand that as a torture device 😂

    Sound I miss: uhhhhh, I'm not sure 🤔 I have a cochlear implant so yeah

  • May I ask a completely innocent question? Why is there no sound on your ASL videos? I'm recently (two years) hard of hearing and am pretty used to captions, but not with total silence. I read slowly (reading disability) and I can hardly watch the video (your faces) while I'm trying to read the captioning.

  • It wasn't until halfway through this video that I wondered why I still had my headphones in for a soundless video. You guys should colab more often!

  • I'm coming to Vidcon in LA next year and I've already started learning ASL so I can interact with more people. I'm from England but I know no one will really know BSL. I've just found out I have moderate hearing loss and I'm waiting for my hearing aids to get fitted. It's important to me that I learn sign language to interact with other people with hearing loss and who are Deaf.

  • I found Jessica's channel a little while ago after her cameo on Drew Lynch's channel. I agree, she is really funny.

  • Don't worry about getting dark. It's not something I would have thought about missing as I (fortunately) didn't have that in my childhood.

  • When I saw that the video is 17 minutes long and has no sound, I thought it would be difficult for me to focus and watch it to the end, but you two have great energy and made it easy. Thanks, I enjoyed it a lot!

  • I would miss hearing music. It's very important to me, for my emotional well-being and relaxation. I can't hear everything today, but I can hear quite a lot of it. I mainly have hearing aids for hearing music and what people are saying.

    Just feeling and seeing music doesn't have as much of an impact as hearing it, on me.

  • I would like to get rid of all the noise that hurts my ears and makes me exhausted: traffic, several voices at once and scratching chairs, café sounds, machines, beeps and sirens etc. But you can't pick what to hear or not hear, so…

    I think I would miss the extra information that I get from hearing bits and pieces of what people are saying. I might miss my ability to lip read, since I can only do it when I can hear something of what the person is saying. I can't do it without sound support. Can't imagine it being worth all the energy and effort if I went deaf. I'd rather just use an interpreter or write back and forth with nonsigners.

  • My alarm clock did that too but it's broke now. ugh it fell under the bed to many times because the clip wouldn't stay on. I had it first as an alarm that was set up to hear or see other sounds in the house; but then my extension cord died. so i bought the small bed shaker but that one fell to the ground too many times now i have no alarm.

  • I am late deafened, so adapting, adjusting, and being comfortable as accepting being deaf is a day to day struggle for me. I unfortunately have not had many good experiences with meeting other deaf ppl, and hearing people as a deaf person. Its really like pretty much learning how to live again, and not being able to hear. Like im starting over as a baby in a way, if that makes sense. But i relate to alot of your points in this vid! And u guys are funny as hell btw hahaha ;p

  • auto craption is funny when your read the craption and the person's lips at the same time and the craption word doesn't match the word that comes out of the person's mouth. The craption word is sometimes funny, but most of the time annoying.

  • One of my eardrums doesnt vibrate so its a little harder for me to hear and understand the perception of how loud my voice is , And with A.D.H.D I tend to talk alot. I could have a surgery to fix it altho there would be a 50% chace i would lose full hearing in that ear so in a since i understand a little altho im not compleatly deaf

  • Good vid. I've got degenerative hearin, Drs expect me to lose it completely in next 5-7 years. I'm totally fine with it, I don't miss any sounds, music was never part of my life, it never bothered me. This week, though, I've discovered I can no longer hear Gillian Anderson speak, and that kind of made me sad, I like her voice. That and listening to my dog's heart beat and little sleep sounds he would make.

  • I have moderately severe hearing loss (roughly 65-75 dBHL after 1kHz, and 25 dBHL in the lower frequencies), and a music major. Obviously, I'd miss music a lot, but you don't always need a full range of hearing abilities to enjoy music, especially percussive instruments. I'd probably listen to a lot of african djembe songs if I ever lost all my hearing.

    But I think the thing I'd miss the most are the voices of the people I love. I know I can always see them, but hearing them talk kind of still brings an extra dimension to their personality and their uniqueness, just like how you would miss a cat's meow.

  • I'll be honest, I would miss a lot if sounds cus I still sing, verbally, even after I became hard of hearing. Sure, I have to work hard as h*ll to keep singing well. But, I still sing cus it's for what I am most known, except fir my coding stuff. So, I stay at it.

  • I miss the sound of the rain, I really love it, and I miss… A sound I don't miss…. welll I don't miss people snoring hahahahha

  • 0:45 Driving is almost all seeing so most deaf people can drive fine. It's just a small disadvantage because you can't hear cars passing you or horns honking, but that's something we should use our eyes for to see who's around anyway.

  • thats so disappointing. I wanted to listen to you two while I did a bunch of things but now I probably wont have time to see what you guys have to say because I have to do this stuff and will probably forget about this video :/

  • It's actually really interesting to see, especially as a non-native speaker of English, how much I can understand without reading the CC (fyi, my knowledge of ASL is zero). Although my lip-reading skills are limited, I was able to follow a lot, helped quite a bit by the gestures and facial expressions that made sense to me regardless of the language I speak.
    I may be weird, but I like testing myself like that – and it could become useful one day.

  • I miss hearing the door bell like the traditional door bell

    And I would like to know what tipe of alarm clock do you use I am still on the newer side of hard of hearing and I can no longer hear the extra loud alarm clocks unless I'm awake and that kinda defeats the purpose

  • I'm not deaf or hard of hearing in any way, but sometimes my stutter gets really bad and signing is just easier than talking. Thank you for making videos because they've really helped me as I continue to learn to sign. Thank you.

  • Ummm. I'm not deaf. I just like your vids. And your voice. Which is awkuard because i am not english native it is acutally my fouth language but i really like your voice. This makes me feel awkuard

  • I can tell you 2 sounds that I love: music and my children’s voice when they were babies and toddlers eventhough I didn’t understand them

  • Your comment, Jessica, about being able to understand a hearing person better if you know them? I find that really interesting, because I find it true the other way! I'm hearing, but I'm involved in Deaf culture, go to Deaf events, have Deaf friends, and socialize with Deaf most every day. As my signing improves(been signing about 4-5 years), this gets easier, but I have found i need to learn each individual's Deaf "accent." SEE, PSE, ASL? Voice: yes, no? Grew up in a different region? So many variables! (I was thinking as I was typing this – this would be so much easier to describe in sign than in English….stupid English!-) It takes me a good 5 hours of conversation, I think, (not all at once, but over time) for me to adjust well to each individual and not ask for "again? Again?" On video chat, lol. Once I've got them and their "accent" figured out – WAAAY better communication!

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