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Current research suggests that deaf people who have some ability to phonologically encode letters and words are the best readers. This usually means deaf readers who have some residual hearing (hearing loss occurs along a continuum of mild to profound) are better readers, but there are exceptions, of course. Even for readers born profoundly deaf, if they use ‘something’ similar to phonological processing, in that they may not physically hear sounds perfectly, but can associate letters and words with internal representations or approximations of sound, that helps them to encode and do it automatically. It is generally known that poor readers, deaf or hearing, use the visual features of words and their memory during reading, which is a slow and laborious process. Any person, deaf or hearing, can become a better reader by reading for one hour daily. With more exposure to text and vocabulary, the reader’s proficiency increases exponentially.

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