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  • Deaf - Total

    Deafness can be a medical, legal or cultural term. In medical or legal terms deafness is typically understood to mean that the individual does not perceive sounds at all, or perceives only certain loud sounds with their ears. Some individuals may identify as culturally deaf and use sign-language, even though they have some hearing in one or both ears.  Individuals who are deaf may or may not use assistive technology such as hearing aids or cochlear implants.  Many individuals who are deaf use American Sign Language as their primary means of communication and consider it to be their first language and a key part of their cultural identity.  Others may prefer to use other forms of manual, oral, or written communication or may prefer to use different methods of communication depending on the situation.

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  • Deaf - One Ear

    Individuals who are deaf in one ear can do many workplace tasks without accommodation.  However, difficulties may arise when an employee needs to listen to a sound source such as a telephone with one ear while also attending to sounds around them, such as alarms, customer service bells, vehicle and equipment sounds, people approaching from behind, and coworkers or customers who are trying to get the employees attention of communicate with them.

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