The thing is I am deaf and finding it hard to communicate with other people at work. They are finding it hard to talk to me and avoid me like I've got the plague but whenever they are forced to speak to me the conversations tend to be awkward, brief and strained. I can honestly say I am not a difficult person to talk to that I can understand other people most of the time by lip-reading but when things get hard to understand I always ask for what I've missed out to be repeated again which is not always a problem. Because of my disability I cannot get everything what was said in one go - what people are talking, laughing about etc. and let alone unable to eavesdrop either and I tend not to butt in other conversations in case I make a fool of myself but otherwise these people could be thinking "he cannot be bothered to talk to us" which they themselves hardly speak to me most of the time! They are generally a very nice bunch of people for saying hi/bye but that's as far that goes. The funny thing is some of them can get visibly annoyed when I don't talk to them just because I get ignored in the first place. I really don't want to cause frictions and make things any more worse than they are. What should I do? Go along with the flow that you cannot change some people for the better? Cheers for reading!