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American Sign Language:  Understanding what it is like to be Deaf/hh:


What does it mean to be "Deaf/hh?"

A person "hears" a variety of "tones."  I don't hear well in the range of tones where you hear typical voiced conversation.  Whether I can understand what a person is saying depends on a variety of communication factors:

I am Deaf in these situations:

I am Hard of Hearing in these situations:

  background noise

  light behind speaker


  speaker has accent

  speaker has speech impediment

  Air Conditioner is running

  Small child's voice
  Hearing Aid battery is dead

  Person on TV is "off camera or not facing the camera." Also if the TV is more than a few feet away.

  Person is more than a few feet away or speaks at below 60 decibels

  Person covers his mouth or turns to write on the blackboard.
  You are standing on my right (85 decibel loss)

  It's time to take out the garbage


  Quiet environment

  Appropriate lighting

  Clear view of mouth

  Amplifier on phone

  I have my hearing aid on

  Standard American English articulation

  Person is within a few feet and speaks at 60 decibels or above.

  Person isn't chewing gum, smoking, or eating.

  Person on TV is facing the camera, his mouth movements can be seen, and the volume is at 70 decibels

  Some song lyrics if they are dominant and the graphic equalizer is set at a reverse "cookie bite."

  you are standing on my left  (55 decibel loss)

  It's time to eat.



It has to do with a "cookie bite" audiogram:


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