My attempt at lightening the situation fell on deaf ears.
He turned a deaf ear when they pressed for details.
Gladys must have thought most of the world was deaf as she was quite surprised when Dean politely scolded her.
Ryland's pleading fell on deaf ears.
She continued to take notes, as if Dean's scolding had fallen on deaf ears.
Utilizing the best of his detective training, he deduced she was as deaf as a turnip.
Is it like suddenly being blind or deaf or something?
The Institute for the Colored Deaf, Dumb and Blind (1867) at Raleigh and the Eastern Insane Hospital (1880) near Goldsboro are the oldest institutions of the kind for negroes in the world; in connexion with the last there is an epileptic colony for negroes.
Laurent, to protect himself from the consequences of the substitution, replaced the wooden figure by a deaf mute, who was presently exchanged for the scrofulous child of the death certificate.
Richemont's tale that the woman Simon, who was genuinely attached to him, smuggled him out in a basket, is simple and more credible, and does not necessarily invalidate the story of the subsequent operations with the deaf mute and the scrofulous patient, Laurent in that case being deceived from the beginning, but it renders them extremely unlikely.
A child was in fact delivered to her agents, but he was a deaf mute.
Charitable institutions include a deaf and dumb asylum (1875-1886), the Metropolitan infirmary for children (1841), and the royal sea-bathing infirmary, established in 1791 and enlarged through the munificence of Sir Erasmus Wilson in 1882.
This natural exchange of ideas is denied to the deaf child.
I had known for a long time that the people about me used a method of communication different from mine; and even before I knew that a deaf child could be taught to speak, I was conscious of dissatisfaction with the means of communication I already possessed.
Poor Edith is blind and deaf and dumb.
Tommy Stringer, who appears in several of the following letters, became blind and deaf when he was four years old.
As to the two-handed alphabet, I think it is much easier for those who have sight than the manual alphabet; for most of the letters look like the large capitals in books; but I think when it comes to teaching a deaf-blind person to spell, the manual alphabet is much more convenient, and less conspicuous....
Once in a while we sat together on the pond, he at one end of the boat, and I at the other; but not many words passed between us, for he had grown deaf in his later years, but he occasionally hummed a psalm, which harmonized well enough with my philosophy.
They were wholly deaf to my arguments, or failed to perceive their force, and fell into a strain of invective that was irresistible.
Speranski related how at the Council that morning a deaf dignitary, when asked his opinion, replied that he thought so too.
The noncommissioned officer frowned and, muttering words of abuse, advanced his horse's chest against Balashev, put his hand to his saber, and shouted rudely at the Russian general, asking: was he deaf that he did not do as he was told?
How stupid and deaf she is!
After these fits of irritability her face would grow yellow, and her maids knew by infallible symptoms when Belova would again be deaf, the snuff damp, and the countess' face yellow.
The strangeness and absurdity of these replies arise from the fact that modern history, like a deaf man, answers questions no one has asked.