To the Editor.—
In the June 1987 issue of the Archives,1 Grob discusses vertical transmission in two patients with the KID syndrome (keratitis, ichthyosis, and deafness). As a former American Speech and Hearing Association-certified audiologist and currently a second-year dermatology resident, I would like to suggest a modification or substitution of terms associated with the hearing component in this article.Though the expression "deaf and dumb" is still used to describe the profoundly hard of hearing, the phrase has become a sensitive issue to the hearingimpaired population. As eloquently discussed by Richard Silverman, PhD, in his textbook Hearing and Deafness, the phrase "deaf and dumb" is felt to communicate a stereotypic concept that those with a profound hearing loss are nonverbal, thus intellectually impaired.2(pp375-381) A suggested alternate wording would be to describe the degree of hearing loss and substitute the term nonverbal for the phrase "deaf and dumb."
Myskowski PL, Nowell WA. Keratitis, Ichthyosis, and Deafness (KID) Syndrome: Suggested Changes in Terminology. Arch Dermatol. 1988;124(1):22. doi:10.1001/archderm.1988.01670010012006