April 1, 2011

Can You Tell That Someone is Deaf By Looking at Their Fingers?

I was reading this recent article discussing how clinical studies have shown that most deaf people have this physical trait that distinguishes them from people with typical hearing. But, they think that this only pertains to those who were born deaf or acquired deafness genetically.

Interestingly, it has nothing to do with the ear. They say it is in the fingers.

They learned that if the pointer or index finger is longer than your ring finger, most likely the person is deaf or hard of hearing.


I have looked at my fingers and it doesn't apply to me at all. But, most likely I did not acquire my deafness from genetics. I am not even sure if I was born with it. 

I don't know how true this is, and I don't know what we are suppose to take from this.

Read the article, and let me know what you think.



  1. lol You got me, although it was after 12pm here in the uk. I did look at my finger. :)

  2. I was about to say this is the most ridiculous thing I ever read.

  3. Oh, you got me! Yikes! Ha.

  4. I looked at my fingers! You crack me up :)

  5. That's a classic - has been attributed to pretty much every human trait imaginable. :)

  6. Oh my God, you totally got me. I was trying to measure my fingers and clicked the link. You got me real good.

  7. LOL!! Too funny! I have heard many a things in my day about what causes hearing loss (far too many that aren't family safe for this blog) but this was cute!

  8. Ha! I looked at my fingers too and thought, how come I am not deaf?
    In my defence it is April 2nd here now! lol

  9. This is actually an adaptation of the rumour (which has some scientific basis) that if your index finger is longer than your ring finger this means you are gay. I thought I recognised it! Still made me giggle though.


Keep it civil.