Definition of "deaf"

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Subject: Definition of "deaf"
Posted by:  JIP (noonehe…
Date: Thu, 19 May 2011

Greetings - I just had to complete an on-line training course in
"Diversity". There was a question that asked what preparations should
be made for an interview with a person known to be deaf.

The answer included having a hearing loop ready.

My response was that a hearing loop would/could assist someone like me
with a hearing impairment, with suitable aids, but not someone who was
deaf, because my understanding of the word deaf is that it means total
hearing loss - the same as "blind" means total loss of sight as opposed
to a visual impairment.

I'd be interested to see responses about how others describe themselves
- i.e. deaf or hearing impaired.