I am not deaf, but I do have a severe hearing impairment. I also know sign language.
Well here is my confession.
Several years ago, I got the flu which caused a sinus and respiratory infection and then I got laryngitis. I was feeling horrible and decided to go to a Chinese restaurant to get some food.
I walked up to the counter and tried to place an order. However, I just could not get the words out and was really struggling. There was a lady standing behind me. She noticed my difficulty and stated “I think she is deaf.” and signed to me, “I can help. What do you want to order?” I decided to just go with it. I signed my order and thanked the lady.
I confess, I once pretended to be a deaf person just to get Chinese food.