Raising and Educating a Deaf Child

International experts answer your questions about the choices, controversies, and decisions faced by the parents and educators of deaf and hard-of-hearing children.

Question from J.T., Virginia

In regards to behavior articles I could not find an answer to my inquiry. Could you tell me, please, is it typical behavior for a totally deaf person or people to close the shades and curtains in a home to feel “safe” or more secure from the hearing world? Is that a typical behavior of a deaf person even on a bright beautiful sunny day as well as a colorful(light or dark)cloudy day? I have been trying to look for the answer and cannot find it. Can you help me?

Question from J.T., Virginia. Posted June 2, 2011.
Response from Marc Marschark - NTID

No. There are deaf and hearing people who have issues with security, but behavior like this is no more common among deaf people than any others. If you have concerns, you might want to contact a psychologist, preferably one who can communicate with deaf individuals effectively.