Friday, December 23, 2005

A Little Consideration Goes A Long Way

Has anyone else ever noticed that so many others feel the need to yell at people that are deaf? Why? What is the point of raising your voice to someone that cannot hear it? Obviously, the speaker knows the listener is deaf ... or they wouldn't be yelling in the first place. With that amount of thoughtlessness, it's kind of like asking your blind friend if he likes your new wallpaper. Because humans are resourceful by nature, many individuals suffering from hearing impairment have learned to read lips and body language well enough to understand what someone is saying to them without any difficulty. So, with that in mind, it makes perfect sense to speak more slowly, and ensure your words are clearly projected from your mouth. Remember, even though people are deaf, they do know when you're yelling at them ... they can feel the vibration of your voice.


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