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Hearing Loss

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Hearing loss affects approximately 28 million Americans, with about 500,000 of them being Wisconsin residents. Hearing loss can be attributed to: genetics, disease, exposure to noise, medications as well as a result of the natural aging process. An individualís right to decide what, if any, treatment works for them is just that, a right. At the Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing we provide non-biased information and referral to consumers wishing to know more about hearing loss and its implications.  

Where can I find information on hearing loss?

  • Contact your Regional Coordinator

  • American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA

  • National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD

  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC

  • Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA

  • Additional resources

Causes of Hearing Loss

  • American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA)

  • eHealthMD 

  • National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD

Types of Hearing Loss

Whether the hearing loss is conductive, sensorineural, or mixed there are implications for each.  

Hearing Loss in Children

Programs in Wisconsin serving families who have children with a hearing loss  

  • Center for the Communication, Hearing & Deafness (CDHH)

  • Deaf Mentor Project (DMP)

  • Wisconsin Educational Services Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (WESPDHH

  • Wisconsin Families for Hands and Voices (WFHV

  • Wisconsin Sound Beginnings (WSB

Hearing loss & Seniors

According to the statistics 1 in every 4 seniors has a hearing loss. 

  • Deaf Seniors of America (DSA)

  • Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA

  • National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: Senior Health (NIDOCD

 

    Last Updated:  February 19, 2014