Hi there, I think this is my first time posting in this wonderful community.
Let’s get straight to it: I’ve suffered from hearing loss since birth which causes me to be unable to properly distinguish sounds like f, sh, th among others with high pitches. This has always caused me problems in my first language, although recently I’ve been able to access hearing aids which help a lot.
Even with hearing aids however, I’ve been having a terribly difficult time distinguishing sounds in Japanese when listening without subtitles. (Although I do recognise that Japanese is a difficult language to listen to for native English speakers without hearing loss).
Anyway, what I’m wondering is: is there anyone else out there in a similar position who might like to share their experience of learning a language with hearing loss?
Also, am I doing the right thing in learning a language with this setback, or is it a futile endeavour? (I realise this is a silly question, but I think I need a little more confidence).