ERIC Number: EJ930647
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Reference Count: 81
Revisiting Labels: "Hearing" or Not?
Rhoades, Ellen A.
Volta Review, v110 n1 p55-67 Spr 2010
This position paper briefly presents evidence-based findings pertaining to the language of labels for people with hearing loss that relate to stigma, expectation levels, stereotypes, and self-fulfilling prophecies. These constructs are important for auditory-based practitioners, administrators, policymakers, students, families, and persons with hearing loss. The implications of what is written and said about people with and without hearing loss should be judiciously considered. Researchers and practitioners should avoid classifying children with typical hearing as "hearing," because this implies that children with hearing loss do not hear--a stereotype largely rendered obsolete as a result of hearing technology and the early intervention practices of the 21st century. (Contains 2 figures.)
Descriptors: Evidence, Intervention, Hearing Impairments, Position Papers, Stereotypes, Attitudes toward Disabilities, Labeling (of Persons), Expectation, Hearing (Physiology), Vocabulary, Semantics, Accessibility (for Disabled), Change Strategies
Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. 3417 Volta Place NW, Washington, DC 20007. Tel: 202-337-5220; Fax: 202-337-8314; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.agbell.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
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