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Neural Plasticity
Volume 2016, Article ID 5260671, 7 pages
Review Article

Body Perception and Action Following Deafness

École d’Orthophonie et d’Audiologie, Université de Montréal, Montréal, QC, Canada H3N 1X7

Received 9 September 2015; Revised 13 November 2015; Accepted 16 November 2015

Academic Editor: Xiaoming Zhou

Copyright © 2016 M. S. Houde et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The effect of deafness on sensory abilities has been the topic of extensive investigation over the past decades. These investigations have mostly focused on visual capacities. We are only now starting to investigate how the deaf experience their own bodies and body-related abilities. Indeed, a growing corpus of research suggests that auditory input could play an important role in body-related processing. Deafness could therefore disturb such processes. It has also been suggested that many unexplained daily difficulties experienced by the deaf could be related to deficits in this underexplored field. In the present review, we propose an overview of the current state of knowledge on the effects of deafness on body-related processing.