Clinical and Pathological View
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Deaf Culture:
Clinical/Pathological View

Traditionally, the hearing majorities who interact with Deaf people on a professional basis tend to view the deaf minority pathologically, i.e. as sick people.

Hearing people focus on how Deaf people are different from them and define the differences negatively, in the following ways:

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1. Deaf people are an audio logically definable group of persons whose hearing loss is sufficient to interfere with but not prevent normal perception of speech.

2. Deaf people have learning and psychological problems due to their hearing loss and communication difficulties.

3. Deaf people should be treated differently than the hearing majority.