deafness

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n deafness partial or complete loss of hearing
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone, never telephoned his wife or mother because they were both deaf
    • Deafness Incapacity of perceiving sounds; the state of the organs which prevents the impression which constitute hearing; want of the sense of hearing.
    • Deafness Unwillingness to hear; voluntary rejection of what is addressed to the understanding.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1972, a gorilla by the name of "Koko" was taught ASL (American Sign Language) for the deaf. By the year 2000, the gorilla could understand approximately 2,000 English words
    • n deafness Incapacity of perceiving or distinguishing sounds, in consequence of the impairment of the organs of hearing; that state of the organs which prevents the reception of the impressions that constitute hearing; want of the sense of hearing. Deafness occurs in every degree, from that which merely impairs the accuracy of the ear in distinguishing faint or similar sounds, to that state in which there is no more sensation produced by sounds in this organ than in any other part of the body. Dumbness is the usual concomitant of complete deafness, but in general results rather from the absence of incitement by the sense of hearing than from any natural defect in the organs of speech. See deaf-mute.
    • n deafness Unwillingness to hear; voluntary rejection of what is addressed to the ear or to the understanding.
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Quotations

  • William Shakespeare
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    “Your tale, sir, would cure deafness.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Kindness, a language deaf people can hear and blind see”
  • German Proverb
    German Proverb
    “Those that rule must hear and be deaf, must see and be blind.”
  • Proverb
    Proverb
    “Never tell your story to a deaf man.”
  • Jewish Proverb
    Jewish Proverb
    “No one is as deaf as the man who will not listen.”
  • R. Buckminster Fuller
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    “If you are the master be sometimes blind, if you are the servant be sometimes deaf.”

Idioms

Deaf as a post - Someone who is as deaf as a post is unable to hear at all.
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Stone deaf - Someone who is stone deaf is completely deaf.
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Turn a deaf ear - If someone turns a deaf ear to you, they don't listen to you.
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Usage

In literature:

He's as deaf as a post, but he has two eyes in his head.
"The Point Of Honor A Military Tale" by Joseph Conrad
About a year ago we had a young woman under our care who had suffered with deafness and other troubles for years.
"The Healthy Life, Vol. V, Nos. 24-28" by Various
To my round, questioning eyes my uncle remarked: 'He's completely deaf.
"Tales Of Hearsay" by Joseph Conrad
You needn't feel any embarrassment, for she's not only sound asleep but so deaf she couldn't hear you if she were awake.
"The Chief Legatee" by Anna Katharine Green
The Customs were so far from being in a conciliatory mood as to be absolutely deaf to entreaty, cajolery, argument, explanation or threat.
"Sixteen Months in Four German Prisons" by Henry Charles Mahoney
HOW SHALL THE MOTHER GET INTO COMMUNICATION WITH HER DEAF CHILD?
"What the Mother of a Deaf Child Ought to Know" by John Dutton Wright
To influence him by words was equivalent to reasoning with the deaf.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
But Mulgrum wrote out for me that he was born in Cherryfield, Maine, and obtained his education as a deaf mute in Hartford.
"On The Blockade" by Oliver Optic
He had heard nothing of Mr. Li's remarks, for Chang had been deaf since childhood.
"A Chinese Wonder Book" by Norman Hinsdale Pitman
Till then he had been deaf to their noise.
"Historical Mysteries" by Andrew Lang
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In poetry:

"I hear the poets wailing,
But my ear is deaf to their moan,
They dimly guess at my meaning,
But their sorrow is all their own.
"The Secret Of Nature" by Alexander Anderson
The increase-stones are scattered;
the soil is raped and bare;
none sings in patriotic voice;
and our ears are stuffed and deaf.
"Nation Of The Blind" by Ian Mudie
"A tenderer light than moon or sun,
Than song of earth a sweeter hymn,
May shine and sound forever on,
And thou be deaf and dim.
"The Answer" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Alas, that we are deaf and blind
To meanings all about us hid!
What secrets lurk the woods amid?
What prophecies are on the wind?
"The Meaning" by Clark Ashton Smith
So from the heart-depths all too full of Her,
Deaf, slow, insensible, yet deathless e'er,
The stormy, distant murmur moans in me.
"The Shell" by Jose Maria de Heredia y Giraud
Oh plunge me deep in loveā€”put out
My senses, leave me deaf and blind,
Swept by the tempest of your love,
A taper in a rushing wind.
"I Am Not Yours" by Sara Teasdale

In news:

THOSE looking for hints of racial tone-deafness on the second episode of "Girls," last Sunday on HBO, wouldn't have been let down.
Young-chan is deaf and blind.
Innovative news program for Austin's deaf community.
UK, deaf fan settle suit.
The Spartans defeated California School For the Deaf (Riverside) 62-48 in Division 6AA play.
Hopefully U Have The Right (Another Level Records), an invaluable gathering of fledgling voices, won't fall on deaf ears just because it's not vulgar, profanity-laden prose laced with pornographic imagery.
Mom went to a breeder, out of the litter I was the only one left, nobody wanted me because I'm deaf, Mom didn't care she fell in love wth me the minute she saw me DOTD 8-16-11.
Growth of viral video leaves deaf and hearing-impaired people out of loop.
Thieves exploit phone system for the deaf.
Con artists target phone system for deaf.
Altered touch perception in deaf people may reveal individual differences in brain plasticity.
Today's roundup of the pop-culture world finds Taylor Swift turning a deaf ear toward John Mayer, debate reviews for Bob Schieffer, a little Honey Boo Boo, many other things, and the mystery music video.
A deaf, quadriplegic California man who died from pneumonia left behind a touching and humorous farewell note for the family, friends and supporters who made up his devoted social media following.
David Rose was profoundly deaf and a quadriplegic but his charming good humor and ability to laugh at himself made him an inspiring Internet sensation.
Sestak turned a deaf ear to Emanuel/Clinton's siren call and Specter washed up on the rocks.
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In science:

In the same way, converting audio information into another modality (e.g., text) may prove useful for improving both multimodal data processing and computer access for deaf users.
Ambient Multimodality: an Asset for Developing Universal Access to the Information Society
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