8 Clichés About Deaf People
8 popular beliefs about deaf people
- Deaf people? There are none in my town
- The deaf hear nothing
- Deaf people need sign language to communicate
- You can shout to be heard
- You can just write to communicate with a deaf person
- Deaf people can read lips
- The deaf are also mute
- Sign language is an international language
Deaf people have long been marginalized. Sign language was even banned for decades. Today, deaf people want to live an ordinary life within society. Who are they? What are their needs and how can they feel welcomed within public places? Let’s toss aside our prejudices and see what we can all do in our own way!
As a bonus, you might discover some small but surprising facts.
1. Deaf people? There are none in my town
That’s what you think, for good reason. Deafness is an invisible disability, like 80% of all other disabilities. According to the WHO, hearing loss afflicts over 5% of the world’s population and one-third of people over 65. It generally occurs due to age or prolonged exposure to noise.
2. The deaf hear nothing
There is actually a small minority among deaf people who cannot hear anything.
A hearing impairment extends from a simple difficulty in understanding a conversation between several people to a complete loss of hearing. Less than 5% of people with a hearing impairment are completely deaf.
Even a person with profound deafness can perceive certain sounds. However, that does not mean that such sounds are of any use to them.