I’ve been partially deaf since the age five. Experiencing life with poor hearing is like playing an eternal guessing game. A lot of the time, you’re not quite sure what’s going on in any particular conversation, so you have to somehow tie what threads you have together and then roll with it. It creates a lot of awkward moments, and requires a lot of uncomfortable explanations. I’ve always been very self-conscious about my hearing, and rarely bring it up unless I absolutely have too: usually that’s when people think I’m ignoring them on purpose.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://waypoint.vice.com/en_us/article/j5d5vy/playing-hellblade-senuas-sacrifice-with-newly-restored-hearing