between deaf and Deaf?
You’ll see references to deaf and to Deaf all throughout our site. It’s not a typing error, so what’s the difference?
The word deaf is used to describe or identify anyone who has a severe hearing problem. Sometimes it’s used to refer to people who are severely hard of hearing too.
We use Deaf with a capital D to refer to people who have been deaf all their lives, or since before they started to learn to talk. They are pre-lingually deaf.
There is a very strong and close Deaf community with its own culture and sense of identity, based on a shared language.