For the most part, most do not realize that deaf people do talk about sound and hearing. There are many contexts for this kind of topic. One I want to talk about is the physical sense of sound and hearing.
I often ask myself when I sit in the audiologist booth whether what I am getting through the tonal headphones are either something heard or felt. I would not have thought if it when I was younger but as I am occasionally required to have an audiogram, I begin to question the concept of sound and hearing.
By the way, I am off the charts and rock deaf (got the ‘rock’ from a friend) – interesting, that is an ASL slang for hard and physically profound. This has been the same since I became deaf at the age of one.
I am doing great‼‼ Awesome!
Why would something like this be of interest to deaf people, generally? Hearing people take for granted their ability to hear so they do not have to analyze the concept of ‘hearing’ until they lose it, any way or how. For those whom have lost hearing gradually (progressive) does not realize it until they lose enough that makes significance in communication.
Sound is a wave carried through air. There are mechanisms in the ear and brain that translates those sounds. Without ears or the brain function of translating sound, we would not be able to understand what those ‘waves’ are and how they are defined.
That is why I always wonder when I go into an audiologist’s box whether I heard it or felt it. Sound is taken for granted.
A good example of sound translated into tactile information is Evelyn Glennie, a Scotswoman who lost her hearing at the age of 14 and worked hard at percussion instruments and shows her audience that one does not need to worry about losing sounds but transferring the loss of a sense to another sense that works well with sound – tactile. Feeling the music. http://www.ted.com/talks/evelyn_glennie_shows_how_to_listen.html
I challenge you… try listening with your hands, feet and chest. Your whole body in fact. Let me know how different it is for you. Again, I often wonder if I am hearing or feeling sounds in the booth when I go in there.
To Be Whole
Currently I am an ASL teacher at a local college and at an high school. I received my Masters in Sign Language Education from Gallaudet University. At home, I am an activist within the community, Northwest Indiana. My son is in first grade and my daughter goes to E.C.L.I.P.S.E. ASL Preschool. Change begins with you and change is effective with a team.