whats meaning of "hearing child" and gist of this sentence" In this way, there can be no condescension or looking at a distance"
SACKS: I think one needs to have some sort of inner vision as well. When
I was thinking and writing about people who are deaf, and born deaf, I
had a friend—actually a hearing child of deaf parents, extremely fluent
in both sign language and speech—who would often come along with
me. When I went to the island of the colorblind, which I wrote about in
another book, one of my fellow travelers was a physiologist who himself
was born totally colorblind. In this way, there can be no condescension
or looking at a distance. But now my own cancer is a sort of mediator.
Some of my patients at least know that I too am a patient. Although in
some sense, we’re all patients.