Can humans communicate without using voices? Some assume that humans speak primarily using spoken language.
There’s a whole ‘nother new world of communication you have not tapped into yet.
Humans have discovered a way to communicate without using their voice. Sure, body language is one way but it doesn’t grasp the entire concept that a person wants to express. I like to say there is a cap on how much we can interact, express and understand one another through verbal language.
We, people who call themselves deaf or hard of hearing, have an unique way to push the boundaries of expression by using the silent language called American Sign Language. I wouldn’t exactly call it the silent language as it can be drastically visual.
Along with Mrs. Behm’s answers from her recent interview, ASL provides many more advantages for those who learn the language. It’s a language that anyone can learn, ranging from newborn children to the elderly with diminishing hearing loss. With so many people it can benefit, it provides as many perks for learning it as well. Here is an excerpt of an exhaustive list compiled by Greg Johnson of the Silent Communications Resource Group for various ways ASL can be of an advantage.
- Nature Walks. You’re taking a hike with some friends and want to converse without startling the wildlife, or you want to visit while bird watching.
- Loud Venue. You’re at a location such as a bar, construction site, or rock concert where there is too much background noise to have a normal conversation with the people you are with. Using ASL, you can easily converse even from a distance regardless of how much background noise there is. You can even put in earplugs to protect your hearing and still communicate just fine.
- It’s inevitable. You’ve just taken a huge bite of food and someone asks you a question. It seems like an eternity while you finish chewing and then answer their question. At that point, their mouth is full of food and now you must wait for them to chew before they can reply. With ASL, two people can easily communicate while eating or drinking.
- Injury Recovery or After Surgery. Certain surgical procedures (such as oral surgery) impede a person’s ability to talk during recovery. With ASL, people can communicate without trying to talk.
- Listening to Headphones. You are listening to music or speech with headphones and would like to have a conversation with someone at the same time. With ASL this is possible.
- Motorcycle Helmets. You and your friend are each wearing a motorcycle helmet. Speaking and hearing are impaired. With ASL, communications are possible.
- Auto Travel. You are with friends driving in separate cars. You need to communicate between vehicles. It is cold or raining outside, so you don’t want to roll down the windows, and even if you could roll down the windows, their car is behind you so you couldn’t talk anyway. With ASL, you can communicate between two vehicles at a distance.
- You need to make a brief point to someone engaged in a conversation, but you’re not able to get a word in edgewise without being rude. With ASL, you can make a direct comment to someone and not interrupt the flow of the conversation.
- Event Stage Crew. Teams of people who work in music, theater, or similar settings benefit from being able to communicate over distances without yelling.
- Music Industry. For people who play live music on a regular basis, ASL is is an imperative skill if they want to keep their hearing. It is especially important for people who play loud amplified music or loud instruments. With ASL, it is possible to wear ear plugs and communicate.
You can find more creative uses of the language at Greg Johnson’s blog (32 Uses and Benefits of American Sign Language (ASL) for Silent Communications.)
ASL as a modern and innovative communication language
With the past and modern uses of ASL discussed, the future comes in question. Being a techie fan, Tweet: I see the potential usages of future (and even modern) technology paired with sign language as mind-altering. People back home in Illinois call me crazy or far-fetched but I promise I still have my sanity. If you’ve wanted to get around to learning sign language, I would say the time is NOW. Our Wavio team is jumping on board and would love for you to join.
(For you readers, if you decide to invent one of the ideas from the list, I’d love to hear from you :D)
- Gestures for vehicles
- Send hands free text messages
- Change TV channels
- Change temperature
- Wave hands to flash lights to grab deaf person’s attention
- Sign a number to set a timer for appliances. (no more touching bacteria infected surfaces ;] )
- IFTTT recipes (https://ifttt.com/recipes) where you can pair any smart tech to an action
Since sign language uses space, the possibilities are endless with today’s emerging technology. Who’s as excited as we are?!
Thoughts, comments and/or awesome ideas you think you could add to the list? Comment below!