deafness is an illness

February 19, 2007

February 9th, 2007 at 9:16 pm

Some of your offbeat posts leave me cold, but I find it is perceptive of you to recognise that STS’ site has a message for all of us.

Deafness is considered the worst sense to lose, worse surprisingly than blindness. With deafness you are cut off from the world like living under water.

In the UK behind-the-ear hearing aids are supplied on the Health Scheme after a long battle by the Deaf Foundation to establish that deafness is an illness, and that hearing aids are not a “cosmetic device.”

This was a comment made in response to an article by the Barbados Free Press which blogged an article about my blog.  I found it amusing because of the use of the word.

True, deafness can be caused by an illness but it is not a form of illness.  Examples of possible “illnesses” or more accurately, ear infections would be

  • Otosclerosis
  • Meningitis

There are also causes such as organ failure, which can occur naturally or even self-inflicted such as

  • Eardrum punctures
  • Explosions which can rupture ear drums
  • Long-term exposure to loud noises
  • Nerve damage [which can prevent electrical signals from travelling to the brain]
  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

In rare cases, genetics, but it must be understood that

  • Hearing parents can have deaf children
  • Deaf parents can have hearing children 

However in many cases, it is still a medial mystery as to other causes of deafness such as in my case which there is no obvious source. 

Click on this link for a comprehensive list  compiled by Gallaudet University Library, the only liberal arts college in the world for deaf people.  

I was simply born Profoundly Deaf, the only one in my family history.

Read my post, about sayonaratosilence  for further details.

2 Responses to “deafness is an illness”

  1. sulz Says:

    i disagree with the article about deaf being worse than blind. i’d rather be deaf than blind. i can’t imagine not being able to read! i know there’s braille, but it’s just not the same. and after all, technology has hearing aids for deaf people too, although i know not all deaf people can hear even with hearing aids. that’s just me, of course.

  2. that’s okay, sulz, be honest, that’s what blogging is all about. 🙂

    truth be told, I have been asked the age old question, if you were given a choice to be born with only four senses, which would you give up?

    and my response has always been the same, I already have been born with four senses, so in this case, I would have to give up one more sense to be born with only three sense because I can live with being deaf. So, I wouldn’t mind living deaf and blind.

    There’s a whole new world out there to be explored by the mere sense of touch. Yes, it would be difficult but it only serves to prove the point, you can do anything you set your mind to do.

    Anyone have any thoughts to add?

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