Describing Sounds to the Deaf

How would you describe a sound to someone born deaf?

Think about explaining how your alarm clock sounds. How does a cat’s meow sound? What sound does your keyboard make when you type? Simple things to people who have heard sounds before.

What can you hear right now? What little sounds are going on around you, unnoticed?

Pick one sound in particular. Describe that sound for someone who has never heard anything.

It helps to consider your other senses:

Frying bacon sounds like ants running up your arm. Little sizzles and tingles the odd pop and snap as they tickle your skin.

Turning a page in a book sounds like brushing your hair. Feeling the brush move through your hair softly, smoothly.

Try it!

 

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