What is Deafness?
Deafness is defined as having partial or total hearing loss. According to the World Health Organization, 466 million people or 5% of the world’s population suffer from disabling hearing loss.
A person with normal hearing should have a hearing threshold of 25 decibels or higher in both ears. Someone with hearing loss is anyone who has a lower hearing threshold. Hearing loss can affect only one or both ears and can range from mild to profound loss of hearing.
People who are “hard of hearing” are those people with mild to severe hearing loss. But these cases can still be assisted by hearing aids or transplants. People who are considered “deaf” are those who can only hear very little or none at all. People who are deaf usually rely on sign language to communicate.
Hearing loss can range from:
- Mild: If you suffer from mild hearing loss then you will be able to hear some conversational sound but may have difficulty hearing soft sounds like whispers.
- Moderate: If you suffer from moderate hearing loss, you will only be able to hear very little from a person talking at normal volume.
- Severe: If you suffer from severe hearing loss then you’ll only be able to hear a few loud noises.
- Profound: If you suffer from profound hearing loss will only be able to hear very loud sounds.
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