Saturday, 4 May 2019

Rethinking the Term ‘Hearing Impaired’?

Have the American deaf managed to convince the legal on terminology? OMG the thought police have infiltrated the deaf community too.  I thought it a novelty when the deaf community started espousing terms like 'meme' or 'Pedagogy' and threw hashtags about as if they meant anything, but the onslaught on identification continues unabated, does nobody ask the actual people what title they prefer? 

Why is this deaf community intent of honing and building on its own stereotype?  At the same time opposing those who want to bring them in out of the cold?  Who is to say a title is right or wrong?  Last week in the UK they were challenging each other (The deaf signers), on what is the right sign to use, c'mon folks there are more important issues to address  

As a point of interest, my Britsh spell checker found 37 spelling faults in the article, I hope USA lawyers never get to file for me lol.  What is offensive is personal and subjective.  Not every term is and who invented them anyway? or says which you can and cannot use?  There is no 'one size fits all..'  I suppose lawyers see a cash cow here for the permanently pissed off areas.

The Article:

Sound, to most people, is synonymous with the ears. For those of us who are deaf or hard of hearing, sound has a different meaning than ears drawing sound and the brain processing it. For me, sound is a multisensory experience. The deaf brain uses all senses to determine sound. We “hear” differently, but we are not impaired. As such, we need to reconsider the wide use of the term “hearing impaired” to reflect on our difference, but not a false disability.

Some people reading this might think it is a foolish concern to change the label “hearing impaired” to hard of hearing. They may think what deaf people experience is, in fact, an impairment. However, I argue that one cannot miss what one has never had. When we focus on people who are prelingually deaf and hard-of-hearing, the word “impaired” is not an accurate description.

The term “hearing impaired” suggests that deaf people's lack of hearing is a pathological condition that needs to be fixed. Many Deaf people lead rich, productive lives and are not looking to be cured. We are proud to be deaf and part of Deaf culture.1-6

The term “hearing impaired” can be compared with the word “snowflake,” which has had a rough ride in society. Snowflake can suggest something delicate, pure, and refreshing that brings the promise of newness and hope. However, it's also used as a derogatory term to demean anyone who thinks differently or is different from the norms of society. What was once non-offensive has become offensive.

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