It is only when you try to communicate, that you discover that a person is deaf. There is also the challenge of fitting into society ?
deaf people are totally ably bodied except for the fact they cannot hear.
” You could ask them about the assistive devices they do use. ” If you’re truly wanting to know about their hearing aids, ask them a more in-depth and specific question.
Or ask them about their decision to not use a CI or hearing aid (if they don’t use them).
Exaggerated gestures and mouth movements or move around. If you feel the need, you can say something positive. These words can put great gulfs between families and friends. There are just some rude and hurtful people out there. If in doubt try to think of what you’d want someone to treat you.
Don’t throw objects or stomp/bang at them to get their attention Politely tap them on the shoulder. If you want to get by and you can’t get around them then just say excuse me and walk through quickly. Keep your head facing them and your hands and other objects away from your mouth. and give them the “funeral face.” When you find out they’re Deaf you don’t have to make a comment about it really. They even joked saying it should be banned from ASL and Deaf culture. When you see a person who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing please keep these Dos and Don’ts in mind.
Don’t stand there waiting for their conversation to end or duck through. Every single Deaf and Hard of Hearing person I have spoken to says this is their #1 don’t. Don’t think I doubt your sincerity or your friendliness.
“Never mind,” or “I’ll tell you later.” Include them in the conversation, the TV show, the fun. Even if you have to repeat it a few times, please be kind and repeat it until they understand.
Deafness does not come from a sin or their parents’ sins. You ought to look at yourself and repent for being a jerk.
It is not obvious from looking a person that they are deaf. Some can speak to a certain extent, while others never heard the sounds of language and so cannot talk in the slightest. only some sign languages have received official recognition.
Do you struggle to know what is the right and wrong thing to say to a Deaf person? It can cause them to feel isolated and unimportant. I don’t think they’re doing it just to those that are Deaf.