Why do you think many Deaf people don’t speak?


AB: If you look at our younger pupils and preschoolers, you will notice that many children are talking. They also communicate with each other through the word. Technology is advancing rapidly, both in terms of hearing aids and implants. Perhaps many older deaf people don’t use the word because, for example, technology wasn’t as developed in the past. It also depends on the possibilities, capabilities in this direction, the degree of speech rehabilitation, etc.

JK: Maybe some people don’t even have the courage. The most important thing is to have a hearing aid, because thanks to the hearing aid you can control your voice, without hearing aid you don’t know if you are speaking softly or loudly. It is never too late to learn to speak. Deaf people are used to the assumption: I can’t because I’m deaf or the deaf are discriminated against. I see that some people at the Institute try to talk, but they are ashamed of it. They are ashamed of the voice, they feel strange.

BW: Yes. I was also interested in one of the views presented in our school about implanted students: Do these children learn Polish naturally or do they learn it as a foreign language? AB: This is also a question of the rapid development of technology. Both cameras and implants are improving. Perhaps we are approaching the time when early treatment of a child with no conjugated defects will give him the opportunity for more natural language learning, and not just boring learning. However, we still have students now for whom learning Polish is a big challenge and we should think about what and how to do it so that the results are better than before.