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Hearing Loss

  • Hard of Hearing

    Individuals who are hard of hearing generally have some useable hearing, but have difficulty perceiving sound at low volumes and reacting to sounds or understanding speech, especially when background noise is present. Individuals who are hard of hearing may or may not use assistive technology such as hearing aids or cochlear implants.

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  • Progressive Hearing Loss

    Progressive hearing loss is a term used to describe hearing loss that gets worse over time.  As the hearing loss progresses, different solutions may be needed.  Some individuals may choose to learn sign language, but many choose to combine amplification, use of hearing devices such as hearing aids or cochlear implants, and text-based solutions such as captioning.  Depending on the individual's preferences and the nature and degree of their hearing loss, solutions associated with deafness may also be appropriate.

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