LAFON 56A THE PRIMARY HEARING (road to language) part 16

We definitely have an amazing job: hearing helps develop one’s language, which, actually, is a gateway to the world!

We definitely have an amazing job: we provide hearing devices to children and help them develop/discover their language!

We definitely have an amazing job: the devices we provide to the elderly help them maintain their language to a good level and thus, to play an active role in their environment, in an effective and efficient way!

Adults and children suffering from deafness face different challenges. The former – who benefited from unaltered hearing in early childhood – had the opportunity to acquire the sense of hearing and were thus able to structure their language, i.e. the sounds they perceived allowed them to acquire the notion of phonetic symbol on which rely the words and sentences, and the ideas they convey. On the contrary, deaf children – often suffering from congenital deafness – have no way to receive sound signals and thus, cannot detect and identify other people’s speech. Troubled in their social interactions, how does language acquisition occur in young deaf people who are restricted to gestures and lip movement that only permit to represent concrete things and objects, but neither abstract concepts, nor the core of human language”(1).

The language is not something to be learnt but to be discovered, children discover their language, this belong to them, and language mechanisms can only be acquired by spontaneous discovery” (2).

« Hearing is not limited to the possibility of language acquisition, it is also a mean to be fully aware of our surroundings; hearing mainly structures time…”(3).

« Hearing…. is, indeed, the main sense involved in language acquisition: sight and the sense of touch are only second choice paths”(4).

 « …language is continuous, it has no end and no beginning. It is a continuous process with such an intricate organisation that trying to analyse, detail or sequence it is giving a completely wrong interpretation of the very essence of language”(5).

JYM

(1) Professor J.C. LAFON « amplification compensée » (« amplification with a counterbalanced order ») Bulletin d’Audiophonologie N°2, 1971, Volume 1, page 168.

(2) Professor J.C. LAFON « texte sur le langage exposé oral (talk on language writing) Délémont 1977 » page 13.

(3) Professor J.C. LAFON « amplification compensée » (« amplification with a counterbalanced order ») Bulletin d’Audiophonologie N°2, 1971, Volume 1, page 141.

(4) Professor J.C. LAFON « amplification compensée » (« amplification with a counterbalanced order ») Bulletin d’Audiophonologie N°2, 1971, Volume 1, page 138.

(5) Professor J.C. LAFON « texte sur le langage exposé oral (talk on language writing) Délémont 1977 » page 1.

 

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