Living in a Silent World

Can you imagine living in a world of silence? For the hearing impaired, the world around them is just that. This does not mean that they get any less out of life than those who can hear; it just means that they experience the world differently. To raise awareness, we’ve decided to produce a video which is soon to be released and share some information related to the hearing-impaired community. You can click here to view.

  1. Can deaf people take care of themselves?

Despite being unable to hear, most hearing impaired people are fully independent and manage their day to day lives on their own, even living alone is possible. They can work in a wide number of positions, including as accountants, lab technicians, web developers and writers. Technology has made life a lot easier for the hearing impaired; for e.g. doorbells with vibration notifications are now available so deaf people can know when there’s someone at the door.

  1. How do I communicate with a deaf person without knowing sign language?
  • Always face a hearing impaired person. Make eye contact and keep it while you are talking
  • Check noise and lighting. Turn off or move away from background noise
  • Keep your distance
  • Speak clearly, slowly and steadily
  • Repeat and re-phrase if necessary
  • Write it down.

  1. Do deaf people “hear” their thoughts?

People who were born completely deaf and only learned sign language will, not surprisingly, think in sign language. Similar to how you and I would hear our inner thoughts in our own voice, a completely deaf person sees or, more correctly, feels themselves signing in their head as they “talk” in their heads.

Look out for our video as we continue to share information and insights about the hearing impaired community. Hearing impaired people are people too!