Imagine for a moment a world without sound – a silent world. Imagine not being able to talk to a person in another room, or call a friend on the phone, or a mother not hearing her baby’s cry. People who are deaf live in this world of silence. They have no ability to detect sound.
Specifically, the word deafness is a total lack of hearing or a loss of most of the sense of hearing. Deaf people are born without the ability to hear because one or more parts of the ear did not function properly; and because we copy the sounds we hear some are also unable to speak clearly.
Despite this fact, being deaf no longer has the stigma attached to it as it once did because of the use of hearing aids, education, sign language and also lip reading. With such a wide range of products and services available the hearing impaired are more independent and secure.
There are deaf organizations that provide services to hundreds of people nationwide. Their services often include rehab,individual support,family counseling,referrals and other additional services.
On the whole, hearing impaired people of all ages and backgrounds are enjoying exciting, productive lifestyles.