CODA: Children of Deaf Adults

A Coda is a child of Deaf adults (parents). This term is commonly referred to hearing and deaf children of Deaf parents.

Ninety percent or more of Deaf children are born to hearing parents, where in the contrast, about 90 percent of children born in Deaf families are hearing. Only five to ten percent of deaf children are born to Deaf parents.


KODA: Kids of Deaf Adults is sometimes used to refer to codas who are under the age of 18.

HCDP: Hearing children of Deaf parents.

Codas, specifically HCDPs are known as a third culture, growing up in both worlds of hearing and deaf as well as often being bilingual and bicultural.


Bauman, H-Dirksen L. (2008). "Border Crossings by Hearing Children of Deaf Parents: The Last History of Codas." Open Your Eyes: Deaf Studies Talking. pp 189-215.

Paul Preston (1994). Mother Father Deaf.

Also see Deaf people and allies.