Did you know that 15% of the population are deaf to some extent? Out of every 10,000 people, ten will be extremely deaf and 100 will be partially deaf.
There are an estimated 150,000 deafened adults in the UK. They often rely heavily on lipreading and written communication and may require support, such as speech-to-text reporters, lipspeakers or notetakers, in situations where lipreading is difficult.
The term ‘deafened’ describes people who have become profoundly deaf in adult life – it is also known as acquired profound hearing loss.
– Sensorineural hearing loss is caused by damage to the hair cells within the inner ear. It is permanent and most often caused by age-related ‘wear and tear’ within the inner ear.
– Conductive hearing loss is caused when sound waves can’t pass freely from the outer ear to the inner ear – for example, because of a blockage or infection in the ear canal. This type of hearing loss is usually temporary and can often be treated with medication or minor surgery. But, in some cases, it can be permanent.
– Mixed hearing loss is a combination of sensorineural and conductive hearing loss.
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