I wish I had the opportunity to grow up in a community. I know very few people who are hard of hearing. Not because there are few. There are many. However, we do not have a community. Sometimes I envy the Deaf. They have a community. They know where they belong to. Some people I know who are hard of hearing strive to be "normal". But no, we can't be normal if by normal it means being normal in hearing. It is isolating because it is not easy to know where we belong ... and it is not completely up to us. To belong to a community, you need to be accepted.
Maybe I can study this topic. :)