Can Deaf People Whistle?

I never considered that my inability to whistle could be because of my deafness. Ocean brought up whistling and the deaf. My family told me where to place my tongue, how much to open my lips and all that. All that comes out is noisy air and sometimes spit, not a note. I can’t even remember if everyone in my family can whistle, but I believe my parents and two siblings can. They’re hearing.
If you read some of the comments in Ocean’s blog entry, you’ll see a few deaf people can whistle. I always try the puckered lip method as the two finger or “F” shape method always ends with spit all over my fingers and terrible noise. Several said they can whistle backwards. It sounded like a good possibility since I’m left-handed. So maybe I need to do things backwards. I tried and it didn’t work.
Another commenter used the grass blade trick. I had forgotten about this one. I remember trying it and not succeeding. Then BEG referenced bottle whistling — although I think it’s more like humming — and that’s one thing I can do! Ha, I wrote this before I read another person’s identical comment.
Deaf258 made me laugh by sharing other abilities including tying cherry stems into knots using the tongue. I can’t do that, but I can roll my tongue or make a U shape.


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    • M. Name on June 4, 2007 at 9:29 am
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    Deaf does whistle !
    Obviously yes, w/ an ill fitting hearing & they walk about w/ squealing hearing aid.
    Nuff said !

  1. Hey! Thanks for mentioning!
    Glad to make ya laugh! 😉

  2. I can whistle backwards. I never could do it forwards. My family can whistle forwards. I always thought I was an oddball — whistling backwards. 🙂 I can’t whistle a tune though. Of course! I’m deaf. Duh! 🙂

    • Lisa C. on June 4, 2007 at 9:57 pm
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    My deaf husband was able to blow a whistle for years but since he lost two upper teeth a few months ago and is wearing a partial, he is unable do to that.

    • Shanna on June 4, 2007 at 10:05 pm
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    I can’t whistle…at all. (except for the feedback in my hearing aids) 😉
    ooo…deaf258, u can tie cherry stems into knots? 🙂 how did you find that out? did u just look at a cherry, and think, “i’ll try to tie it into a knot now!”
    hehehe…that’s really cool, though. all i can do is fold my tongue into a 3-leaf clover shape.

    • Meryl on June 16, 2007 at 8:00 am
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    Instructables has step-by-step instructions for whistling. I made a note, but it sounded more like the soda bottle note not a high pitch whistle.
    Here are more whistling and calling techniques for those who can’t whistle.

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