Deaf & Hard of Hearing

Updated: Jul 6, 2020

Deaf & Hard of Hearing

What does being Deaf mean? Having a hearing loss of such severity that communication and learning is done primarily by visual methods (i.e., sign language, writing, lip-reading, or gestures)

What is Hard of Hearing?

Having some degree of hearing loss ranging from mild to profound. People who are hard of hearing may benefit from the use of hearing aids or other assistive listening devices. They depend primarily upon spoken language in communicating with others.


What causes hearing loss?

The following are some of the major causes of hearing loss:

  • Age

  • Noise induced hearing loss

  • Genetic

  • Illness

  • Neurological disorders

  • Medications

  • Chemicals

  • Physical trauma

  • Neurobiological factors

Is there treatment for hearing loss?

Several options are available for hearing loss, ranging from medical treatment to listening devices, such as hearing aids. 

  • Hearing aids

  • Implanted hearing devices (i.e., cochlear implants)

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