Both of my parents are hearing impaired and I am not and I grew up in a hearing impaired world. Normal for me. As for my first lanquage, it is sign. My mom is now 83 years old and she loves to sail with me, whenever she can. Unfortunately Dad died 30 years ago, but if he were alive now I wouldn''t be able to get him off the boat. With the new vhf radios on the market now and cell phones with lcd displays it is only a matter of time when radio communication will be totally visible /audible. I don''t generally refer to disabilities as impairment but rather opportunities to do things different to get the same result. So keep at it, there is no reason why anybody who wants to experience sailing should let their circumstance prevent them. Good Luck.