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What is the Definition of Being Deaf?

The audiological definition can be used -- that is, one that focuses on the cause and severity of the hearing loss and whether or not hearing can be used for communication purposes. Generally, the term "deaf" refers to those who are unable to hear well enough to rely on their hearing and use it as a means of processing information.

 

Common Causes of Deafness are:

  • Pregnancy-related illnesses (such as rubella/German measles or dependence on drugs/alcohol)
  • Heredity (scientists involved with the mapping of the Human Genome Project have identified approximately fifty (50) "deaf" genes to date, and they are working on identifying the remaining 350 "deaf" genes)

 

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