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Deafness is the inability to hear properly or not hear at all. The majority of deaf people acquire their deafness after learning spoken language. Common reasons for deafness include:

Many deaf people rely on assistive devices such as hearing aids for amplification of sound.

Follow the links below to find trusted information about deafness.

Last reviewed: July 2016

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Ears - The Inheritance of hearing loss and deafness | The Sydney Children's Hospitals Network

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Health care interpreting and translating services - Multicultural

Patients and their families and carers who do not speak English as a first language or are Deaf have the right to free, confidential and professional interpreters when they use public health services.

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Hearing impairment and schoolchildren -

The terms hard of hearing, deaf and hearing impaired cover a wide range of conditions which affect a child's listening ability and therefore interferes with their educational and social development.

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Making a call to someone who uses the NRS - National Relay Service

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Ears - otosclerosis - Better Health Channel

Otosclerosis eventually affects both ears, but the condition doesn?t cause total deafness.

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Carers NSW - Better Start

The Better Start program is an initiative that supports children who have a diagnosis of Down syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, cerebral palsy, moderate or greater vision or hearing impairments including deaf-blindness, Prader Willi, Williams, Angelman, Kabuki, Smith-Magenis, CHARGE, Cornelia de Lange or Cri du Chat syndromes, microcephaly, or Rett's Disorder.

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