'Deaf' Arts has always been a conundrum to most with hearing loss, not really highlighting our issues at all, none too sure it covered the Deaf either, its an individual look at it promoting 'this is our experience, this is what we all do'. The biggest mistakes deaf arts create is concentrating on own awareness and sign, this leaves a disconnect with a hearing audience still, they need to embrace wider issues, and be more topical, create things that hearing can equate with, you have to build that bridge and encourage others to cross it.
This can be done without ignoring the loss/comms point, just remember we are people who just 'happen' to have a hearing issue, but it doesn't define us as people, and should not, or you become one-trick ponies. Deaf culture is primarily guilty of this approach. I like artists who use humour to make a point, but not those who rely on awareness to make a living. Life then can be one long lecture. Basically, this artist would not encourage me to go and look at his act, because what he does has no link to how most with hearing loss live..
Success is on a hearing platform, not an 'in house' thing, we are still waiting for someone deaf to do that. I suggest those who do not sign and have serious loss issues would have a totally different slant on it. It's all rather sad Deaf Art is funded by disability arts funding too.