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Aspiring Entrepreneur, Dancer and Comic Book Enthusiast

Roseanne Loo
Hearing Impairment
Roseanne is introverted, soft-spoken and does not often express her feelings, especially when meeting new people. She is most comfortable sharing more of herself with her friends. However, when Roseanne was 18, she saw a dance performance by a few dancers who were deaf, and felt compelled to join their dance lessons. Though she had always loved music and dancing, she found her first few classes difficult to follow. It took two more years for her to build the confidence to join the Hip-Hop crew called Redeafination.

Like most of the Redeafination crew, she happens to be deaf. She trains and performs regularly with them to spread awareness and promote the arts in the Deaf community. When she isn’t hanging out with her fellow dancers, she indulges in watching variety shows or reading comics.

Despite using a hearing aid in her left ear, Roseanne faces challenges in trying to communicate with people who can hear, including her own family. At times, she finds it tiring to lip read and listen to the conversation. Sometimes she misinterprets what people are saying, and often feels like the last person to know what is happening. Although people make the effort to repeat parts of the group conversation, she can feel left out and resorts to doing her own thing, like playing games on her mobile.

To help overcome these communication barriers, Roseanne suggests getting her attention first before trying to speak to her. She asks that people make the effort to articulate what they are saying, speaking slowly and clearly, and ensuring they are not covering their lips. If that doesn’t work well, writing or gesturing would help to get the message across. A little patience and the readiness to repeat the message a few times are very much appreciated.

Saying that, Roseanne doesn’t let these challenges get her down. She aspires to be an entrepreneur and have her own business in the future. She would also love to travel the world, meet new people and learn about different cultures.

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