The Gold and Silver awareness ribbon represents hearing impairments including Tinnitus and Meniere Disease.
Canada - May is Speech and Hearing Awareness Month.
USA - October Is National Audiology Awareness Month. AAA is dedicated to increasing public awareness of audiology and the importance of hearing protection.
UK - September is Hearing Awareness Month
Quick Facts: Hearing Loss
- Some medications may reversibly affect hearing. This includes some diuretics, aspirin and NSAIDs, and macrolide antibiotics.
- The term hearing impaired is more likely to be used by people with a less than severe hearing loss and people who have acquired deafness in adulthood rather than by those who have grown up deaf.
- There is a progressive loss of ability to hear high frequencies with increasing age known as presbycusis. For men, this can start as early as 25 and women at 30, but may even affect teenagers and children.
- Hearing loss can be inherited. Around 75-80% of all cases are inherited by recessive genes, 20 to 25% are inherited by dominant genes, 1 to 2% are inherited by X-linked patterns, and fewer than 1% are inherited by mitochondrial inheritance.
- Members of the deaf community tend to view deafness as a difference in human experience rather than a disability. A positive attitude toward being deaf is typical in deaf cultural groups. Deafness is not generally considered a condition that needs to be fixed.
- Deaf culture is recognized under article 30, paragraph 4 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which states that "Persons with disabilities shall be entitled, on an equal basis with others, to recognition and support of their specific cultural and linguistic identity, including sign languages and deaf culture."
Statistics: Hearing Impairment
Over 37 million adults and over 1 million children in the United States suffer from some degree of hearing loss.
In the U.K. around 840 babies are born with significant deafness each year. About one in 1,000 children is deaf at three years old and about 20,000 children aged up to 15 are moderately to profoundly deaf.
Latest Hearing Loss and Deafness Publications
- Sustaining a Career After Acquired Hearing Loss
Research from Oregon State University shows for adults who acquire severe hearing loss, accepting and adapting play key roles in sustaining a career and thriving in the workplace.
- Second Cause of Hidden Hearing Loss Identified
People who can not hear people clearly in a noisy environment, but pass a hearing test at the doctor, may have hidden hearing loss.
- Auditory Cortex of Hearing and Deaf People Nearly Identical
Study raises questions about the role of experience in processing sensory information, and could point the way toward potential new avenues for intervention in deafness.
- Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL): Causes & Prevention
Long lasting and loud sounds can damage sensitive structures in the inner ear and cause noise induced hearing loss (NIHL).
- Deaf Children & Cognitive Development
Investigating whether early exposure to sign language can forestall cognitive issues in deaf children.
Full List of Hearing Loss and Deafness Documents (29 Items)
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