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Inventors

  • By: Shari Parsons Miller
  • In: The SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia
  • Edited by: Genie Gertz & Patrick Boudreault
  • Subject:Physical Disabilities, Otorhinolaryngology (Ears, Nose, & Throat)

Human invention has shaped society since life began, from the creation of rudimentary tools by early man to the invention and evolution of the Internet and iPhone. Deaf innovators have contributed a great deal of insight and expertise to the world of invention. In fact, one of the most productive inventors of all time experienced significant hearing loss: Thomas Alva Edison. He is by no means alone in his achievement as a deaf inventor. Many others have followed suit, creating inventions to improve the lives of both hearing individuals and those with deaf people.

Thomas Alva Edison

Prolific inventor Thomas Alva Edison was almost completely deaf. His being deaf may have been caused by a genetic condition that also affected his father and one of his ...

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