The basic definition for deafness is the incapacity to hear sound. Having many causes and occurring at any age deafness can be caused due to genetic factors, complex viral infections, diseases, injury, nerve damage or hearing loss as you age. Around 1 in 800 babies are born deaf and this is usually linked to a genetic cause.
Do you or someone in your family have deafness? You’re not alone. Deafness affects over 2 million people in North America and another 30 million suffer from severe hearing disabilities. You may qualify for the Disability Tax Credit and other benefits offered by the Canadian government.
Deafness usually occurs in two forms: partial deafness and total deafness. Both types have a variety of causes. The main known causes of deafness include ear infections, fluid in the ear, ear deformities like holes in the eardrum and problems in the ear bones. In unusual cases, tumours can also cause hearing loss. Genetics is also attributed to deafness as birth defects and diseases can be passed on in the genes.
Hearing loss over time can occur due to exposure to loud noises for a long period of time such as construction work or power tool usage. Continuous loud, amplified music can also cause hearing loss in people of all ages. A good preventative measure is to wear protective gear or simply avoid extremely loud noises when possible.
In most cases if the deafness is intense and caused suddenly it is easy to recognize as you will notice a change in your hearing ability. Mild hearing loss over time might not be that easy to recognise. You can start to notice signs when you or someone you know asks for people to repeat what they said, does not respond when called or finds it difficult to differentiate between similar sounding sounds.
When babies are born they are screened for hearing loss as part of their check up. If you find out your baby is deaf you can take the steps you need to make sure your child gets the right education and care. This can have a significant impact on the child’s development and future.
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