The need we address in our communities.

Hearing is in many ways a social sense, and hearing loss can have a fundamental impact on communicating with others, and connecting to them. Hearing is also an emotional sense, and hearing loss can change how we enjoy social gatherings, theater, music, and how we perceive emotions.

 

Hearing loss can also affect the ability to monitor changes in the surrounding environment, potentially impacting a sense of safety or security (The Hearing Review).

Did you know?

  • 48 million Americans have a significant hearing loss
     

  • 1 out of 3 people over age 65 have some degree of hearing loss
     

  • 2 out of 3 people over 75 have a hearing loss
     

  • 14% of those ages 45-64 have some type of hearing loss
        

  • Approximately 3 million children in the U.S. have a hearing loss; 1.3 million of them are under the age of three
     

  • Hearing loss occurs in 5 out of every 1,000 newborns
     

  • Babies are never too young to have their hearing tested
     

  • With early identification and appropriate services, deaf children can develop communication skills at the same rate as their hearing peers
     

  • Over 90% of deaf children are born to hearing parents
     

  • 15% of children between the ages of 6-19 have a measurable hearing loss in at least one ear
     

  • A mild hearing loss can cause a child to miss as much as 50% of classroom discussion
     

(source:Center for Hearing and Communication)