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Deafness

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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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Hearing impairment and schoolchildren - myDr.com.au

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