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What is the inner monologue of a deaf person?
Most hearing people experience their own voice in a silent way when thinking, which is also called “internal monologue”. Similarly, most Deaf people see pictures, ASL signs, or sometimes printed words. They see or feel their “inner signing”.
Do people born deaf have internal monologue?
If they’ve ever heard their voice, deaf people may have a “speaking” internal monologue, but it’s also possible that this internal monologue may be present without a “voice.” When asked, most deaf people report that they don’t hear a voice at all. Instead, they see the words in their head through sign language.
Why are some babies born deaf?
Genetics is the cause of hearing loss in many babies. Genetic hearing loss can be present at birth or develop later in life. The genes that cause hearing loss can come from one or both parents. You both may hear fine but carry a gene that causes hearing loss in your baby.
What language do you think in if you are born deaf and blind?
A person who is born deaf-blind will think in their native language, just like everyone else. For a deaf-blind person who is educated, that native language will most likely be a tactile sign language and/or an oral language (often in written form).
Do deaf people think in terms of their inner voice?
Today I found out how deaf people think in terms of their “inner voice”. It turns out, this varies somewhat from deaf person to deaf person, depending on their level of deafness and vocal training. Those who were born completely deaf and only learned sign language will, not surprisingly, think in sign language.
How does deafness affect speech?
For those deaf people who are not completely deaf or wear devices to allow them to hear somewhat, they will often experience more vocal language in their “inner voice” in proportion to how much they can hear. Interestingly, deafness is significantly more serious than blindness in terms of the effect it can have on the brain.
Do deaf people sign in their heads?
Similar to how an “inner voice” of a hearing person is experienced in one’s own voice, a completely deaf person sees or, more aptly, feels themselves signing in their head as they “talk” in their heads.
What is the ‘inner voice’ in ASL?
Michele Westfall, ASL speaker and freelance writer. From our research with people born deaf whose preferred language is a sign language, the ‘inner voice’ is gestural/signing, rather than lips or vocal or audio impressions.