Hi, I booked to attend my first LRP in the 3rd session of this year, which means my first session is now going to be sometime next year. The only issue is, I am worried about communicating with other players because I am deaf, with my remaining hearing rapidly diminishing.
When I booked last year, I could still communicate well with hearing people as long as they faced me, because I lipread.
Now I use SSE (spoken English with BSL signs) to communicate, and I can lipread with great difficulty and a lot of concentration. My hearing aids can only let me know when loud sounds like cars are happening.
I know that very few people know any BSL at all, and I can just about lipread, but I am worried about whether I’ll be able to actually participate in anything at Empire.
I don’t want to fight, I have planned for my character to be an artisan, but I wanted to know if anyone else with hearing loss who has been to an Empire LRP before can give me any tips or tricks or even just assurance about LRPing with hearing loss?