faked-deafness

As a young man, DeafDigest editor played basketball
for a deaf club in New York.
He and a teammate, from a big deaf family, were
walking together, trying to locate the gym. The
address of the gym was not clear.
Suddenly the teammate heard a screaming from one
of the players in the gym, some distance away. This
teammate was able to trace the source of the screaming
and thusly locate the gym!
Was the teammate faking his deafness? He has
“denied” being hearing and signed fluently.