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NHM Health Focus:
Hearing Loss

October 2009


Causes of Hearing Loss in Children

  • Otitis media (ear Infections)
  • Congenital causes
  • Acquired causes

Causes of Hearing Loss in Adults

  • Disease or infection
  • Ototoxic drugs
  • Exposure to noise
  • Tumors
  • Trauma
  • The aging process
-- American Speech, Language, Hearing Assn.

The onset of hearing loss and deafness may be gradual or sudden. It may occur before birth or at any time during one's life. Helpful materials, including free publications, information for teachers and students, and classroom activities, are available from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

The International Hearing Society has declared the week of September 28 - October 4 Hearing Aid Awareness week to increase the awareness of how hearing aids can help improve the quality of life for those with hearing loss.

There are many ways to respond to hearing loss and deafness. Here are a few.

We can learn how the ear works, and understand the causes of hearing loss and deafness by visiting the following sites:

We can prevent hearing loss in our homes, schools, communities, and the world by:

We can understand the hearing impaired experience by:

We can support those who:

Resources containing information about hearing and hearing loss available on Access Excellence include:

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