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In the context, why do they mention her deafness?
The Mishna says a chareshes cannot do bedikos herself. The gemara challenges this din based on the evidence of the chareshes neighbor of Rebbi. The gemara answers that there is no contradiction: a chareshes who is a deaf-mute cannot do bedikos (this is the classic case of chareshes who is treated as lacking da'as); the chareshes who was Rebbi's neighbor was simply deaf.
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