The sign for "Deafness" is a combination of the ASL sign DEAF and
the Signed English suffix sign "-NESS." The sign DEAF touches
the index finger to the cheek near the ear. Then the finger lifts
off of the cheek a bit and moves in a small arc and touches the
cheek again near the mouth. Then you hold the side of an "N" hand
onto the upper palm of the non-dominant flat hand (of which the palm
is forward and the fingertips are up) and slide the N-hand downward
toward the heel of the non-dominant flat hand. This sign is
generally considered Signed English.
Animated gif: DEAFNESS:
Note: Many Deaf leaders
and authors have negative views regarding the use of the word
"Deafness." Many of us prefer to simply phrase things in this
"People who are Deaf,"
"...her being Deaf did not prevent...,"
"the fact that she is Deaf had little bearing on...,"
"being Deaf," or
I suppose you could use the phrase "individuals with hearing loss"
-- but I recommend you AVOID using the term "hearing impaired."
It is a cultural issue. Often you could just use the phrase: "Deaf
and hard of hearing people."
Also see: DEAFHOOD
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