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Your Resource Guide To Deaf Research Materials

Journals, magazines, books, and research schools provide an exhaustive compendium of information on deafness whether as an innate condition or as a result of hearing loss. Through their research, clinical reports, statistics, and surveys can provide insight on new data, technological aids and advancements, and coping strategies. In addition, anecdotes from families and insights from teachers provide authentic glimpses into deaf culture, balancing out the sterile, technical aspects of research. At least one journal, the American Annals of the Deaf, has served as a research staple since the mid-1800s. Contemporary technology makes it possible for people to access magazine publications online. Leading educational institutions for deaf individuals regularly publish news items, conference information, and other developments for researchers.


Journals dedicated to deaf studies provide original medical manuscripts and research articles by experts in the field of audiology, acoustics, and hearing research. While the journals below all began as hard-copy publications, Gallaudet University, a leader in the study of deafness, recently launched the first completely Deaf Studies Digital Journal for deafness at the same site where researchers can find “American Annals of the Deaf” and “Odyssey” magazine.


These magazines feature professionals, families, and children in their struggle to triumph over deafness through sign language, education, and other support systems. Many subscriptions include email newsletters. While some publish monthly, others are limited to two to six times a year.


Available at most libraries and book shops, the following books offer a cross-section of fiction and non-fiction focused on deafness. Some offer histories, social commentaries, advice, and even an artistic look at living with deafness.

Prominent Schools

Schools for individuals who are deaf, train them to be competent, independent human beings who can contribute to their communities. Most go beyond academics, offering arts, sports, and even social dances for a well-rounded character-building atmosphere. In addition to serving students, these schools offer programs to relatives and community members at large who wish to volunteer or learn sign language.