The Indonesian village where 80% of residents use sign language

 
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Tucked away in northern Bali, in Indonesia, Bengkala is a village where nearly all the residents know sign language. Children there are 15 times likelier to be born with a hearing disorder. Elders had long feared they had angered a deity, but as residents adapted over the generations and even came up with their own sign language, they finally learned the mysterious cause. We tell you more.

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