Deaf & Hearing Impaired

Why hearing loss is called the “invisible” disability?
The reason it is referred to as the invisible disability is because you cannot tell someone is deaf by just looking at them.

According to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia:

  • About 1 out of 1,000 babies is born with a hearing loss.
  • You can start having hearing loss at any time during your life.
  • In the U.S., about 1 million children younger than 18 have a permanent hearing loss.
  • Many more people develop hearing loss later in life.

Are there different types of hearing loss? Yes

  1. Conductive hearing loss—when sound can’t reach your inner ear
  2. Sensorineural hearing loss—when the cochlea or the auditory nerve isn’t working
  3. Unilateral hearing loss—when hearing is loss is in one ear
  4. Progressive hearing loss—when hearing gets worse over time
  5. Fluctuating hearing loss—when hearing loss changes. It may sometimes be worse and sometimes better
  6. Auditory Neuropathy—when the cochlea works but there is something wrong with the auditory nerve

If you have questions about raising a child who is deaf or experiencing hearing loss, go online to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s web site called “Raising Deaf Kids” at www.raisingdeafkids.org.

There are advances in research to improve the lives of people with hearing loss. See the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders at www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/hearing.

The State of NJ Department of Education offers resources for students with hearing loss or Deaf at www.nj.gov/education/specialed/deaf

For additional information contact one of the following associations/resources:

Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard  of Hearing at www.vcdhh.org or call 1-802-254-3929.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association at www.asha.org or call 1-800-638-8255.

Signing Time for fun DVDs and sign language resources visit www.signingtime.com.