How deaf and hearing adolescents comprehend a televised story

Cristina Cambra, Aurora Leal, Núria Silvestre

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This study explores the diversity of interpretations that can arise in cases where people with hearing loss perceive the information deriving from sound and language differently to how it is perceived by those without hearing impairment. Three experimental situations were designed in which 20 deaf adolescents and 20 hearing classmates view a film first without the sound or the characters' voices; they then watch with sound and voice; and in the third situation, only for the deaf viewers, with sound, voice and captions. The results indicate that interpretation of the film is very similar in both groups when the film is presented without sound or voice; in contrast, when sound, voice and captions are incorporated into the film, differences are observed in the interpretation of narrative structure, in types of scene selected as important for comprehension of the film and also in the representation of characters' emotional states. © W. S. Maney & Son Ltd 2010.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-51
JournalDeafness and Education International
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2010


  • Adolescents
  • Comprehension
  • Deafness
  • Television


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