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Is it proper to use the term "overcame deafness?"

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Mr. X, Apr 27, 2009.

  1. Mr. X

    Mr. X Member

    Because our night copy desk figures to be of little help on this one, is it proper to write that someone "overcame deafness," to achieve success in her field?
  2. Mr. X

    Mr. X Member

    I'm now leaning to, "despite being deaf since she was 18 months old." Is that better or worse?
  3. Frank_Ridgeway

    Frank_Ridgeway Well-Known Member

    I can't hear you.
  4. Rough Mix

    Rough Mix Guest

    "Overcame the challenge of being hearing impaired since.."
  5. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    Are the person's other senses enhanced to superhuman levels?
  6. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

  7. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    That's fine.
  8. Still seems wordy.

    Overcame a hearing impairment ...
  9. Rough Mix

    Rough Mix Guest

    Mr. X, was it neurosensory hearing loss? If so, there can be other factors such as vertigo, balance disorders and motion sickness to deal with. Not in all cases, but some.
  10. Mr. X

    Mr. X Member

    I ended up rewriting the lede, taking out a phrase before explaining the award the person is receiving, which is the reason for the story.

    The second and third paragraphs were about the award ceremony, which are required by the editors. In the fourth paragraph, I wrote that the woman lost all hearing in her right ear and 80 percent of the hearing in her left ear at the age of 18 months because of roseola infantum.
  11. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    Seems like you did it right.
  12. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    I would advise being cautious about "despite" in this case. Lacking all the information, I don't know whether this is true, but it's possible that her deafness in fact pushed her toward whatever it is she's being honored for.
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