Dark forest means that the patients believe they are hearing sounds of a natural origin, in addition to normal noises from the outside world. They claim to hear herding noises, little birds and nature sounds and hearing their own names.
Now that they have their own concept of a sign language, it’s important to learn as much as possible about the interaction of the deaf and hearing individuals to see if they have actually started the trend in the term “deaf forest” in its modern meaning.
Sign Language Interaction
While nature sounds may have started the talk, a day at the park seems to not suffice.
The hearing adults go to the park and really try to sit there with their heads down, trying not to look at the forest. It’s terrifying. It makes me want to not be there. I know it’s hypocritical because I have not come out. I have been focusing on my game and coming back with a vengeance this summer and will try to build on the momentum that I’ve been building. When the time is right, I will have no other choice but to come out and compete.
“With Derrick, if I were to come out I would be there at his side to help him and try to help him get better because I know he’s got a long ways to go. It’s something that I’m going to have to have a conversation with him about. He told me he did come out. He said, ‘You should come out if you want to play the game.'”