Michael Arditti

Silent Comedy

Deaf Sentence


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Desmond Bates is deaf – not congenitally deaf or stone deaf but, rather, suffering from high-frequency deafness caused by accelerated loss of the hair cells in the inner ear. He first became aware of the problem in his mid-forties when, as Professor of Linguistics at an unnamed Northern university, he found it increasingly hard to make out what his students were saying. Twenty years later, having taken early retirement, he finds it the bane of his life.

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