Some Facts About Deaf People
There are quite a number of innovations that came about because some of the participants were deaf. You can often see these innovations in every day life and you may even use some of them yourself without realizing where the idea came from. This ought not be surprising given that almost ten percent of people are either deaf or hard of hearing.
In fact, some degree of deafness affects about 22 million US citizens and they are scattered fairly evenly over the whole spectrum of the population – men, women and children; young an old; black and white; upper and lower class. Some were born with deafness and others developed it as the result of an accident or through old age or several other ways as well.
I would like to give a few examples of how people suffering from deafness have influenced our everyday society.
The huddle in American football is not done only so that the opponents cannot overhear strategy, often they are quite far away. It was first arranged by a college for the deaf, because otherwise the captain would have had to shout, which of course could have been overheard by the opposition quite a far way away.
If you like baseball, then you will have heard of the Cincinnati Reds. Well, it was their deaf centre fielder, William Hoy, who started all the hand signals that you now see in every baseball game.
Shorthand is maybe not used so much now as it once was, but it used to be indispensable on a secretary’s CV not so long ago. It was or still is considered the only way to take down conversations at, say a board meeting accurately. Shorthand was also invented by a deaf person, namely John Gregg.
Most deaf people use sign language, which is called signing. It is a pity that every spoken language developed its own sign language, so that deaf people did not have the first truly international language, but there is a lot of movement in that direction. Signing may become the first truly internationally understood language.
Scuba divers were quick to pick up on the convenience of signing and it is widely used by divers all over the world. Scuba or deep sea divers do use an internationally recognized set of signals.
Being deaf is recognized as a disability and justly so, but imagine what the world of music, or even the Western world itself, would be like if it had not been for Beethoven? He was totally deaf when he wrote the Ninth Symphony.
Alexander Graham Bell was not deaf himself, but he was working on a technique to help his deaf wife when he invented the telephone. He had also helped teach deaf children too.
Eric Clapton and Peter Townsend of the former band ‘The Who’ are deaf, as is Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys. It just goes to show that deafness does not exclude you from any occupation. Deafness is a disability, but many deaf people have shown that their hearing impairment is not going to wreck their lives.
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