I know this thread is quite old, but I’m still going to comment anyway. I took ASL years and years ago, getting to the point where I was almost fluent. I haven’t used it, other than in brief bits through work a few years ago, in many, many years, so the few signs and grammar aspects that I can remember are rusty. I think I’m going to start taking ASL again in the fall. Granted, my hearing loss isn’t terrible at present, but I would rather re-learn ASL now, while I can still communicate with ease, than wait until/if things progress in such a way that understanding oral communication becomes difficult. My 3-year-old daughter has already learned some basic signs, and my 1-year-old son is also showing some interest, so I think it would be a fun “extra” language for my family! My husband’s even shown some interest. And personally, I think that if my hearing ever does progress to the point where understanding basic speech is difficult even with hearing aids, I will be very, VERY thankful to have learned it. In years past, I’ve had friends in the Deaf community, so re-learning ASL might open up that door again. On a different note, it would also set me apart from other health care professionals in my region, so that if my hearing worsens, I will have some extra skills that may translate into improved hireability. A girl can hope.
The other thing I intend to do is to take a speech-reading class as soon as possible. Unfortunately, there isn’t one in my region presently. Our local branch of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association is just training some members to teach speech-reading classes, so once speech-reading classes become available in my area, you’d better believe I will be enrolling!!! I figure the more communication/coping skills I can learn, the better. Plus, the ability to speech-read helps even those with “normal” hearing in many situations, so it certainly can’t hurt me.