How deafness may emerge as a disability as social interactions unfold

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My hearing loss ranges from moderate to profound in both ears. I use spoken English, written English and Auslan (Australian sign language) to communicate, and rely heavily on two hearing aids, speach reading skills and my vision to interact with other people. Here I demonstrate how my deafness tends to emerge as a disability through interactions with other people within the health and wellbeing context of group yoga practice. I compare two experiences from practicing yoga in group classes (which involves physical interaction and requires attendance to non–spoken tasks), and use these experiences to explore what the label ‘disability’ does not capture, how this term reflects my lived experience of deafness, and what this might mean for health and wellbeing professionals engaging with clients who experience types of deafness.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-196
Number of pages4
JournalNarrative Inquiry in Bioethics
Issue number3
Early online date1 Dec 2013
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013


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