Understanding The Deaf
Some people are born into this
world without any complications.
Sadly, there are those who are born deaf
or who will soon suffer from deafness problems. That sucks and
if you happen to meet someone who has this problem, don’t feel
sorry for them or treat them differently
because that is the last thing they
want from you.
If you meet someone who is deaf, ask them how they prefer to
communicate with you. You have to remember that although deaf
people cannot hear you, they can lip read so you have to talk
to them slowly so they can understand what you are saying.
For the males, one problem in communicating with a deaf
person could be your facial hair because some of them will not
be able to understand you especially if you have a mustache or
beard. If this happens, try using the other ways to communicate
with them like sign language if you are familiar with it but if
you don’t, try writing it down so they can respond.
In the event that you need to get their attention, wave your
hand, tap their shoulder gently, flicker the lights or stop on
the floor because the vibration will tell them if someone is
around. Since they can’t hear you, never shout because you are
just wasting your breath.
When you talk to a deaf person, make sure that your face is
in the line of view. This will make it easy for them to respond
should they want to read your lips. If the person appears to be
lost, ask if they understood what you said. If not, repeat it
slowly this time.
Some deaf people that you might talk to may not speak
English very well. If you have a hard time understanding what
they said, tell them to kindly write down what they are trying
Deaf people are just as hard working as people who can hear.
Although they won’t be able to answer the phone, they can be
tasked to do other things so give them a little credit and
accept them for who they are.
If at work you have to speak to other members in a group,
take the time out to make sure they understand what is going on
because for most deaf people, they are used to interacting on a
one to one level.
The same goes if you are hanging out with your friends who
can hear on their own and you decide to bring your deaf friend
The day may come when you encounter a deaf person
accompanied by an interpreter. If you have to communicate,
always refer to them in the first person tense. Failure to do
this is offensive to the deaf person given that he or she is
How we treat people who are deaf should not be different to
people we communicate with normally. Why? Because deaf people
have feelings and the only difference between both of you is
the fact that one person can hear while the other can’t.
With that, you should speak slower, be patient and
understanding with these individuals. If you take the time to
know them, you might enjoy hanging out with them and forget
that he or she is deaf.