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Deaf/Hearing Impaired

In the United States, there are about 28,000,000 deaf individuals with hearing impairments ranging from mild to severe deafness.

A person who is deaf is unable to recognize sound. Hearing loss can be anywhere from mild (i.e., when the person only has difficulty hearing faint or distant speech) to severe (i.e., when the person only can feel vibrations).

Help For Leaders

Ways to Communicate with People Who Are Deaf

There are several ways for you and a person who is deaf to communicate. They include:


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American Hearing Research Foundation
55 E. Washington St., Suite 2022
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 726-9670

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communications Disorders