Hearing Loss

This term can include a broad range of types and degrees of hearing limitation or loss, from mildly hard of hearing to profoundly deaf. There is no universally agreed-upon point of distinction between people who are hard of hearing and those who are deaf, and many individuals have personal preferences when it comes to terminology or how they describe themselves in this regard. One fairly common distinction, however, is that many people who are hard of hearing tend to use the hearing they have to access auditory information, and often request accommodations such as amplification devices, reduction of background noise, or other ways to enhance their hearing. People who are deaf, on the other hand, tend to use their vision as an alternate way of accessing auditory information, often requesting sign language interpretation, captioning, or other means of having information presented visually.