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I am not deaf and nobody I know is, yet I am curious how an author goes about writing in a newly-deaf character's POV when they aren't deaf themselves.

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Research is surely the way to go.

An even deeper alternative would be to lose your hearing, not forever of course. Just wear protective earplugs or some gear of that sort, and try interacting with your family/friends for more than a week. You'll get first hand experience to how it feels to be suddenly isolated from the world of sounds. You may vocally get loud during this course of time and experience a lot of other feelings from within.

But the catch is you can't take them off midway. Suppose you want to talk to your girlfriend or boyfriend — you have to play along, you can't take small breaks from it.

This would definitely give you a deeper level of understanding and emotional transition and experience the helplessness that a person feels.

All the best, do update on the approach you take.

  • +1 For pure genius. Such in-depth research had not even occurred to me. Well done sir. – Thomas Myron Feb 1 '16 at 20:44
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There's no substitute for research. Either find a deaf group in your area or contact a national group, or possibly Gaulladet University, and start talking to people.

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    In the spirit of research, I would also add that you could investigate books that do what you are trying to. In the first book in the Hunger Games trilogy, the main character loses her hearing half way through. The book is told in first person POV. – Thomas Myron Jan 30 '16 at 0:03
  • @TommyMyron not a bad idea, but not as a primary source — you don't know if the other authors did their research. – Lauren Ipsum Jan 30 '16 at 0:08
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    Oh yes, I agree research should be the primary source. I was just adding a source for potential research. – Thomas Myron Jan 30 '16 at 0:31
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    There are also quite a few books out there that are written by, or about a deaf person's experiences. Helen Keller is a good place to start. – Jason Hutchinson Feb 3 '16 at 18:04
  • @JasonHutchinson While Keller was courageous, she lost her hearing as a toddler, not an adult, and she was also blind, so there's an entirely different set of coping mechanisms to deal with that. – Lauren Ipsum Feb 3 '16 at 18:17

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