Re: Hearing loss
August Treubig (atreubi@CCTUADMIN3.ENTERGY.COM)
Tue, 26 Jul 1994 09:33:31 +0600
I am a bit late in replying to this, but.....
Background - My wife is deaf, although you wouldn't know it if you were
talking to her. She reads lips and fills with her residual hearing..(not
much 90+ db down) She has a masters degree in marriage and family counselling.
Her statement about deafness is that "Deafness takes you away from people",
"Blindness takes you away from things"
This is particularly true in social scenes. A deaf child will get lost in
a group because they cannot keep up with all the conversations. The noise
of all the talking is distracting (if they have some hearing). Most hard
of hearing people loose the ability to discriminate one voice from another.
They cannot "zoom" in on the one that they want to listen to and ignore
Kathy doesn't like to go to hearing parties because she can't participate.
If we go to one with her deaf friends that sign (She learned sign language
about 6-7 years ago) she can participate. I have experienced her feelings
when we go to a deaf party (although I sign a litle). You get the feeling
of isolation and that you don't fit in... It was really intersting for me
because I felt what Kathy feels in a hearing world at times.
Hard of hearing and deaf people do much better in one-on-one situations in
the hearing world.
Another point is that if the deaf person is sign language literate their
grammar is entirely different from English. American Sign Language (ASL)
is not just Signed English. The sentence structure is "VERRY" different.
Example: The sentence "I went to the store" would be signed
"Store me finish" meaning "I am finished with the store"
Up until now I have been talking about a person who has just deafness.
If you add in other disablilities like: ADD, Cerebal Palsy, or mild MR
(mental retardation) thing get much tougher, particularly when their behavior
is a problem. You end up with a double problem -- behavior and communication.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City