For A Deaf Son Documentary Analysis

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For a Deaf Son is a documentary about Thomas Thranchin, who was born deaf to hearing family. His father, a filmmaker, produced this documentary to offer an intimate look at how parents of a deaf child make decisions. The documentary is compiled together with interviews from audiologist, families of children with hearing loss, other expert in the field, as well as home videos of Thomas. Thomas was discovered to be profoundly deaf at the age of one and could only hear high frequency sound. This meant that with hearing aids on him, he could acquire speech and language with therapy. The other discussion that Thomas’ parent had to make is whether to educate their son in sign language versus strictly verbal speech. Both Thomas’ parents have different opinions on teaching him ways to communicate. The beginning of the movie, his parents had decided to enroll Thomas in hearing school so that he could learn to communicate with the hearing world that his family lived in. His mother also thought that by enrolling him in a teaching based classroom supported by sign would be an easier route for Thomas considering that he was deaf. Thomas’ father had then begun his research to figure out ways to unlock Thomas’ speech capacities and the outcome of those choices. The documentary …show more content…

Hearing loss can be categorized by which part of the auditory system is damaged. There are three basic types of hearing loss is conductive hearing loss, sensorineural hearing loss, and mixed hearing loss. The degree of hearing loss refers to the severity of the loss. The common classification is normal, moderate and severe/profound. The configuration of hearing loss refers to the degree and pattern of hearing across frequencies. Hearing loss can affect high frequency tones, mid frequency tones and /or low frequencies depending on the loss.(ASHA,

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