It is a common misconception that raising your voice will make a Deaf person able to hear you. Shouting does not make communication any clearer. Also assuming that a Deaf person can read your lips is wrong; reading lips is extremely difficult. Certain sounds look the same on your mouth, for example “B” and “P”. Deafness is a range. Some people may be able to hear environmental sounds (fire truck, ambulance, thunder), others may be able to hear speech, while others may have no hearing at all.

If you need to communicate with a Deaf individual you can write notes, gesture, use an interpreter, or learn the language!

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