So, one of the characters in my story is a deaf teenage girl who lost her hearing either due to a complication when she was born or due to a genetic defect (leaning towards the former), and due to the story's supernatural elements, towards the beginning of the book she suddenly finds she can hear. Now, while getting her hearing back also does something to hand-wave the fact that she never processed or developed her ability to hear as a baby and thus in real life probably wouldn't hear anything but uncomfortable noise, I plan on playing everything else straight, so for example even though she can hear perfectly fine after she gets her hearing back, she still can't understand speech or even talk immediately (but will eventually start trying to learn both of these things). So I have a few questions about being deaf, specifially: 1: Is there anything that sign language doesn't let you say that I'll need to consider when writing her "lines"? I hear the sentence structure of ASL is completely different from spoken English. Obviously the reader will be reading it translated into English by whichever POV character can understand her, but is there anything I know about sentences or other things that ASL just plain would not allow for? 2: How do deaf people refer to people by name when, I'm assuming, there isn't a sign for each individual name on earth? 3: The idea I had was that she would use her smartphone for a lot of communication, doing most of her major socializing online (she's kind of shy) and also using some app to quickly type out messages to show other people. Is there a more convenient method deaf people use to communicate with people who don't know sign that she'd be far more likely to use than this? 4: This isn't a POV character, so I'm not going to go heavily into her daily life, but is there anything important writers tend to miss about deaf people that I should consider when writing her and determining her behavior and lines?