Yes it is rather interesting to think about. I read a book today for my research paper that touched on the subject a bit on what is defined as deaf and hard of hearing.i forgot to mention that another reason my ci audi and ci surgeon thought i was prelingually deaf was because i was born deafblind.
i guess it doesn't really matter one way or the other, but it's still something interesting to think about.
According to the author there are 4 ways to classify a person as hearing, mild loss - hoh severe loss - hoh and then deaf in which hearing aids do not benefit the person as there is very little residual hearing left or present.
A majority of the deaf community in theUS are those that were born deaf or were pre-lingually deaf. Those who are postlingually deaf are often integrated into signing evironments and thus make a decision in their teens to join the deaf community. Often the 'leaders' in the deaf community are those who are postlingually deafened and still have the use of verbal language in which to communicate the desires of the deaf community to the hearing world.