Q & A Corner - Issue #25

NASET Q & A Corner

Questions and Answers About American Sign Language (ASL) and Cochlear Implants

Introduction

This edition of the NASET Q & A Corner will focus on two areas.  The first will address questions pertaining to American Sign Language. American Sign Language (ASL) is a complete, complex language that employs signs made with the hands and other movements, including facial expressions and postures of the body.  The second part of this edition will focus on cochlear implants. A cochlear implant is a small, complex electronic device that can help to provide a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf or severely hard-of-hearing. The implant consists of an external portion that sits behind the ear and a second portion that is surgically placed under the skin.

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