The Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center has compiled a list of lesser-known facts about people with hearing loss. Learn more about their experiences by reading a few of these facts below:
- Approximately 22 million deaf people live in the United States.
- Overwhelmingly, deaf and hard of hearing people prefer to be called “deaf” or “hard of hearing” – not “hearing impaired.”
- The huddle formation used by football teams originated at Gallaudet College, a liberal arts college for deaf people in Washington, D.C., that started it to prevent other schools from reading their sign language.
- The man who invented shorthand, John Gregg, was deaf.
- A deaf center-fielder for the Cincinnati Reds, William Hoy, invented hand signals for strike and balls in baseball.
- When Beethoven created his ninth symphony, he was profoundly deaf.
- Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone, was originally an instructor for deaf children and invented the telephone to help his deaf wife and mother to hear.
- Scuba divers often use sign-language under water.
- Deaf people develop keener senses of observation, feeling, taste and smell to compensate for their loss of hearing.
- Deaf people have safer driving records than hearing people nationally.
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