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Facts about Deaf

DEAFNET – Interesting Facts about the Deaf



  • There are approximately 22 million hearing-impaired persons in the United States.


  • Deaf people have safer driving records than hearing people nationally.


  • The huddle formation used by football teams originated at Gallaudet University, a liberal arts college for deaf people in Washington, DC, to prevent other schools from reading their plays.


  • The man who invented shorthand, John Gregg, was deaf.


  • Carl Anderson, a deaf cartoonist, is the creator to “Henry.”


  • A deaf center-fielder for the Cincinnati Reds, William Hoy, invented the hand signals for strikes and balls in baseball.


  • Two of the Osmond brothers have hearing impairments.


  • When Beethoven composed his ninth symphony, he was profoundly deaf.


  • Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone, was originally an instructor for deaf children and invented the telephone to help his deaf while and mother to hear.


  • Scuba divers often use sign language under water.  Deaf people can sign/talk at great distances without the use of amplification through the use of sign language.


  • Statistics prove that deaf people live longer than hearing people.


  • Deaf people develop keener senses of observation, feeling, tastes and smell to compensate for their loss of hearing.


  • Deaf people appreciate advice or warnings regarding any noises that bother hearing people.


  • Deaf people vote, pay taxes, drive cars, attend business, social, and religious events….


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