The Basics of Deafness and Hearing Loss

Approximately 15 percent of adults in the United States over the age of 18 have some difficulty hearing. Around 8.5 percent of adults between the ages of 55 and 64 have disabling hearing loss. For people between the ages of 65 and 74, the rate jumps to 25 percent, and for those older than 75, disabling hearing loss affects 50 percent.

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Topics on Deafness and Hearing Loss

If you are deaf or experiencing some degree of hearing loss, you face many new issues from employment to finding an interpreter. Here is some more information about many aspects of the deaf and hard of hearing world.


This article is about colleges for deaf and hard of hearing students. Colleges covered are Gallaudet University in Washington, DC, the National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester, New York, Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf in Big Spring, Texas, and colleges in Europe and Japan

Causes of Hearing Loss

There are numerous causes of hearing loss. This collection of articles addresses hearing loss in children, syndromes that cause hearing loss, drug-induced hearing loss, genetic hearing loss, losing hearing later in life, and additional causes of hearing loss.

Deaf Culture and Deaf Heritage

Deaf culture and deaf heritage are a broad topic, encompassing things such as art, comics, theatre, cinema, publications, and much more.


This article looks at key events in the deaf and hard of hearing community, including deaf awareness events, professional events, and sources of event calendars.

Deaf History

Deafness in history can be a fascinating topic. Did you know that there was a time when deaf people were often diagnosed as mentally challenged? Or that there was a time when schools for the deaf were segregated? These and other topics in deaf history can be found here.

National and International Organizations

The deaf and hard of hearing community is diverse, and numerous organizations meet these diverse interests. There are organizations for deaf people, organizations for hard of hearing people, organizations for parents, organizations for professionals in deafness, and more.


Parenting deaf and hard of hearing children can be a challenge. This collection of articles addresses parenting related topics such as learning that your child is deaf, getting tutoring, reading, deaf people parenting hearing children, and deaf children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Sign Language

Sign language is a popular topic, and this collection of articles on sign language covers learning sign language, where to learn it, and many other sign language topics.

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