Facts and Statistics on Deafness and Sign Language

Almost ten percent of people are either completely deaf or hard of hearing. Hearing loss may come at any age and can cause frustration and isolation, as well as other more difficult emotions. Learning facts and statistics on deafness and sign language can be beneficial in dealing with such tricky emotions. This can be highly encouraging as people will start breaking down barriers that were created due to their hearing problem. After learning about these facts and statistics, you will realize that you are not alone.

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders maintains records on most disabilities and disorders. Here are some surprising statistics related to deafness and loss of hearing, or in layman terms, deafness facts in regards to the U.S. population.

  • Hearing loss is more common in men than in women.
  • Approximately seventeen percent (thirty six million) of American adults are dealing with some degree of hearing loss.
  • Age and reported hearing loss has a strong relationship: 47 percent of adults 75 years old or older, 30 percent of adults 65-74 years old, and 18 percent of adults 45-64 years old have a hearing problem.
  • About 12.3 percent of men and 14 percent of women, aged 65 or older, are affected by tinnitus.
  • More than 15 percent of adults have high frequency of hearing loss just because they are frequently exposed to loud noises either at work or while performing leisure activities.
  • Many children (approximately ¾) experience ear infections by the time they are three years old.
  • Approximately 4,000 people are diagnosed with sudden deafness each year in the U.S., and only 10 or 15 percent of them know what caused the sudden deafness.
  • Sign language is commonly used among deaf people for expressing their thoughts and emotions, but most of them use a different form of sign language, for example, ASL, BSL, LSQ and so on.

Hopefully the information shared in this article has stirred your interest in discovering more about deafness and sign language. There are various resources available both online and perhaps at your local library where you can get more information and start working on the things that can improve your quality of life.

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