Someone with a complete loss of hearing in which no sound can be detected auditorally. Audiologists classify this as a profound hearing loss. Not every person who is deaf is a part of the Deaf Culture. Someone who is Deaf with an uppercase “D” is in a particular group of deaf people who share a language – Americal Sign Language (ASL) – and a culture. We distinguish them from people who lose their hearing over time. Although people who are deaf share the condition of not hearing with those who are Deaf, they do not share in the Deaf Culture.
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