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Impact of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss has a huge, unseen impact in both childhood and later life. For children, spoken communication and literacy development are difficult to achieve without hearing the language and conversations in their environments. For adults, hearing loss makes communication very challenging, often leading to isolation, depression and difficulties at home and work.


In this section, you will find background information on:

  • Implications of hearing loss on development across the lifespan and in education, discussing a range of domains including cognition, linguistics, and social-emotional developments
  • The auditory system and its development, types of hearing loss and causes of hearing loss
  • The identification of hearing loss and the range of hearing technologies
  • Deaf community and culture, descibing deafness, and sign languages