Being deaf

Being deaf

The deaf are united by their common language; sign language. We, the deaf, see ourselves as a cultural and linguistic community. The vast majority of deaf persons have little or no hearing, but there are also deaf, who have Cochlear Implants (CI) or other hearing aids.

How do the deaf communicate?

Communication for the deaf is highly visually based, and sign language is a naturally chosen form of communication for most deaf persons. For people becoming deaf as adults, it is more common to use sign supported communication. This means, that the spoken language is supported by characters and elements derived from sign language. Reading lips is also used among many deaf and hard of hearing persons - however this is not a skill all deaf persons possess. Deaf and hard of hearing persons with no knowledge of sign language, can communicate in writing or through an interpreter.

Tecnical aid and assistance

Deaf persons today have the opportunity to be provided with a wide range of technical aids to use at home and/or at work. Sign language interpretation, other types of interpretation and alarms using vibration or flash light are examples of such aids.

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