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Facts on hearing loss

The most rewarding part of my profession is when I am able to witness the excitement of those who either hear for the first time or those who are able to finally communicate with their loved ones. Unfortunately, I also witness individuals who would benefit greatly from hearing devices, but simply do not have the means to acquire them.

– Cheryl Tanita, Au.D., Audiologist

Forgive me when you see me draw back when I would have gladly mingled with you. My misfortune is doubly painful to me because I am bound to be misunderstood; for me there can be no relaxation with my fellow men, no refined conversations, no mutual exchange of ideas. I must live almost alone, like one who has been banished; I can mix with society only as much as true necessity demands. If I approach near to people a hot terror seizes upon me, and I fear being exposed to the danger that my condition might be noticed.

– Ludwig Von Beethoven, Composer who experienced hearing loss

I am just as deaf as I am blind. The problems of deafness are deeper and more complex, if not more important than those of blindness. Deafness is a much worse misfortune. For it means the loss of the most vital stimulus– the sound of the voice that brings language, sets thoughts astir, and keeps us in the intellectual company of man.

Blindness separates us from things but deafness separates us from people.

Children who hear acquire language without any particular effort; the words that fall from others’ lips they catch on the wing, as it were, delightedly, while the little deaf child must trap them by a slow and often painful process. But whatever the process, the result is wonderful. Gradually from naming an object we advance step by step until we have traversed the vast distance between our first stammered syllable and the sweep of thought in a line of Shakespeare.

 

– Helen Keller

When someone in the family has a hearing loss, the entire family has a hearing problem.

– Mark Ross, PhD

Congenital hearing loss affects 2 to 3 out of every 1,000 babies.

Six months of hearing loss can dramatically affect a child’s ability to acquire speech and language skills—and have a lifelong impact.

Three in 10 people over age 60 have hearing loss.

Hearing loss has been linked to depression and dementia in older adults.

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