Deaf persons and computer use

Am Ann Deaf. 2004 Winter;148(5):376-84. doi: 10.1353/aad.2004.0009.


Deaf person's computer use was studied (N = 227). Respondents self-administered a survey in their preferred language (voice, American Sign Language, captions, or printed English). A small nonparticipant sample was also recruited. Demographics were consistent with those in other studies of deaf people: 63% of respondents reported computer use, mostly at home; 50% of nonparticipants reported computer use. Subjects with hearing loss due to meningitis were less likely to use computers (p = .0004). Computer use was associated with English usage at home (p = .008), with hearing persons (p = .002), and with physicians and nurses (p = .00001). It was also associated with the use of Signed English as a child to communicate (p = .02), teacher use of Signed English (p = .04), and teacher use of ASL (p = .03). Two thirds of respondents reported using computers, though nonresponder data suggested less use among all deaf persons. Computer use was associated with English use and inversely associated with hearing loss due to meningitis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Computers / statistics & numerical data*
  • Deafness / etiology
  • Deafness / rehabilitation*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Meningitis / complications
  • Middle Aged
  • Persons With Hearing Impairments*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires