Perceptual Effects of Deafness

  • H. N. Reynolds
Part of the Perception and Perceptual Development book series (PPD, volume 1)


Deafness imposes a naturally occurring condition of unimodal sensory deprivation, in which information conveyed to the perceptual system is blocked at the sensory level or disrupted in transmission to the brain. Since spoken language is a prominent form of auditory information in the human environment, a primary effect of deafness in humans is that it interferes with communication through speech. Many of the psychological, social, and educational consequences of deafness can be attributed largely to the individual’s lack of exposure to verbal information, and resultant deficiency in comprehension and expression of spoken and written language (Moores, 1970; Reynolds, 1977). These effects are most serious when deafness is profound and prelingual—occurring before the acquisition of language, at about the age of 3 years.


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  • H. N. Reynolds
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyGallaudet CollegeUSA

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