Education: In a Silent World

Every year, as their otherwise normal children emerge from babyhood, thousands of parents ask themselves the question: "Why is my child so inattentive?" Often there are other signs: the child does not learn to talk as other children do; he eats and breathes noisily; when he cries out, his voice has an unnatural sound. As many parents soon learn, these are the symptoms of the child who cannot hear.

In the U.S. today there are between 1,500,000 and 2,000,000 U.S. children who are either partially or totally deaf. How can their parents teach and...

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