Educating Deaf Students: From Research to Practice

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One very thorough analysis of the work of Augustine, Jerome, and the Venerable Bede is provided in King (1996). The writings of Augustine and Jerome have shed some light on how deaf people and communication through signs and gestures were perceived within Western society in the era of the Dark Ages. Unfortunately, Augustine has also been unfairly victimized by historians. In discussing a passage in the Bible by the apostle Paul, “Faith comes by hearing” (Romans 10:17), Augustine saw deafness as possibly hindering the development of faith, but he never directly spoke to the exclusion of deaf people from the church. As in the case of Aristotle, however, the writing of Augustine was misinterpreted and for a long time the view persisted that deaf people could not be taught the Christian faith.
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Another popular text of this period was Gilbert the Englishman's Compendium Medicinae (about 1250), printed in 1510 in Lyons, which included a chapter on deafness.

Chapter 3
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Some individuals describe themselves as “profoundly hardof-hearing,” meaning that they have severe to profound hearing losses but still function as hard-of-hearing people, relying fully on spoken communication.
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Sound also can be carried through the bones of the body via bone conduction just as it can through solid materials outside of the body (remember Indians in old westerns putting their ear

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