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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.

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Last reviewed: July 2016

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Deafness is defined as partial or complete hearing loss.

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Raising a deaf child

If you are raising a deaf child, make sure that you get the right support as soon as possible. You can find more about what help is available by reading our trusted partner pages.

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Deafness - a range of causes - Better Health Channel

Deafness is caused by many different events including injury, disease and genetic defects.

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Anxiety and depression in people who are deaf or hard of hearing

People with hearing loss encounter practical and social problems beyond those experienced by people who have their hearing. This may increase the risk of people with hearing loss developing mental health problems.

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Laws governing the NRS - National Relay Service

The NRS is a phone service for people who are deaf, or have a hearing or speech impairment - and those who wish to make phone calls to them

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Tips for talking to an NRS user - National Relay Service

When you speak to an NRS user who is deaf or hearing impaired, your words will be typed, signed or re-spoken by the relay officer

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Deaf blind services | Vision Australia. Blindness and low vision services

Deafblind Services aims to expand your choices and opportunities across all aspects ofyour life.Our specialist staff can work in partnership with you and your family/carers to expand the choices and opportunities available to you in daily life. This is achieved through assessment, coordination and provision of services, as well as facilitating access to the community.Our servicesVision Australia offers the following deafblind 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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Ears - Unilateral (single sided) hearing loss: The school child | Sydney Children's Hospitals Network

Children who have been diagnosed by an audiologist as having unilateral hearing loss (deafness in one ear) should be followed up by an Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) Specialist,or Paediatrician, to check if anything can be done to correct the hearing impairment

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Tips for making calls - National Relay Service

Naturally you want to have a trouble free phone conversation when making a relay call

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