Photostory #52: They 'Listen' with Their Eyes
National Film Board of Canada
April 20, 1956
Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography fonds, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives
Helping deaf-mutes give meaning to their thoughts is the work of Montreal's 100-year-old Deaf-Mutes Institute. Though the Institute can never hope to completely bridge the gap between silence and sound, it teaches its students to listen with their eyes, helps develop their uncontrollable vocal utterances to intelligible, expressive voices. Like most modern schools for the deaf (8 in Canada) the Institute's programme hinges on oral training. Through intensive training in mouth positions, breath temperature and throat vibrations, students learn to "see" and "feel" the difference between one sound and another.