Deafness Facts You Should Know
There are a lot of interesting
things that people should know about people who are
In fact, some of the techniques they
used to communicate with one another are used by normal people
Let’s start by saying that there are approximately 22
million people in the US who are deaf or who are suffering from
deafness problems. It affects both men and women which include
infants, children, adults and the elderly. While some were born
with it, others lost their hearing later on in life.
In the field of sports, the huddle formation which is used
in football was first invented by a liberal arts college for
the deaf. This prevented other teams from listening in to what
they are planning both during offense and defense.
As for those hand signals that you see in baseball, yes they
too were invented by a deaf center fielder for the Cincinnati
Reds, namely William Hoy.
Since it is hard for some people to transcribe what is being
said, the shorthand was invented by John Gregg who also happens
to be deaf.
The deaf use sign language to communicate with one another.
Although they cannot understand what someone is saying, they
have the ability to read that person’s lips and communicate
back by talking to the person or using sign language if that
person can understand it.
In fact, their own language has been linguistically defined
as a separate language such as English, French, and German.
Because of its usefulness, this technique was later adapted
to scuba diving since it is not possible to talk with people
under water and even by the military when they want to surprise
A lot of celebrities have deafness problems. Some of these
people include former presidents, athletes, actors, actresses,
lawyers, doctors, inventors, teachers, writers, cartoonists and
a lot more. Just to give you a few examples;
One of the most famous composers of all time was Beethoven
who was profoundly deaf when he wrote the 9th symphony.
Alexander Bell who invented the telephone and was not deaf
was originally an instructor for deaf children and invented
this device to help his deaf wife and mother.
Musicians and rocks artists such as Eric Clapton, Peter
Townshend of the Who, Sir George Henry Martin of the Beatles
and Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys are deaf.
Because deaf people are not able to hear, their others
senses are more developed to compensate for this deficiency.
This is probably why they have a better safety driving record
compared to people who can hear. This may even be attributed to
the fact that deaf people live longer hearing people.
No one wants to be born deaf but it happens. Rather than
feeling sorry for themselves, they pressed on with their lives
and are known worldwide because of their talent or ingenuity.
This is why some invented various techniques and inventions
which we just take for granted today.
One thing we have to remember out of all of this is that
they too are people. They go to work, go to school, vote, own
businesses, pay taxes, drive cars and do other things that we
normally do. The only difference is that they are deaf and we
must respect and understand that.