Deconstruction on the concept "hearing loss"

We live in dualistic world. Many people look at the dichotomies from the logocentric worldview that comes with the characteristics of hierarchy and absence vs presence.

Hearing people typically see deafness as absence of hearing. Hearing loss. Missing part. Something to fix. It's like looking at the half empty of a glass of water.

Deaf people don't see this way as if we look beyond duality. We look at signed language as a complementary counterpart of spoken language. It's natural, nothing to fix. It's like looking at the full glass filled with the half water and the half air.

Half glass of water on hearing loss
A way of complementary view

Re-define "hearing loss"

The term "hearing loss" is quickly defined as "deafness" or the absence of hearing. But, if we look closer. It's the opposite of "Deaf Gain", a term coined by deaf performance artist Aaron Williamson.

No hearing person thinks as far as Dr. H-Dirksen Bauman who deconstructed himself as a hearing person. His definition of hearing loss is: "(noun) refers to the limitations that hearing individuals experience by not being aware of Deaf ways of being in the world."

Dirsken-Bauman also discusses "Deaf Gain" as a benchmark to learn from on the topics of human connection through eye contact.

In his TEDx Gallaudet talk, Dr H-Dirksen Bauman discusses about his experience about transforming from Center to Margin, from being normal to being different, and from being no-labeled to being labeled "hearing".

Dr Dirksen Bauman, Ph.D. gave his talk, "On Becoming Hearing: Lessons in Limitations, Loss, and Respect" at TEDx event at Gallaudet University.

Dr Dirksen Bauman spent over $100,000 for his four-year education, majoring in literature, later only to discover that not a time that literature in signed language was ever mentioned. He thinks there should be a new studies called, "Hearing Studies".

"no living creature organizes its behavior around something it does not have" -- Neisser (1983) quoted in Holcomb, p. 45).

Posted, 2015

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