- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ extimates that 34 million Americans have a significant hearing loss. Of these, almost 6 million are profoundly deaf.
- There are more than 800,000 deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals in Florida and more than 340,000 of them live in the Tampa Bay Area.
- 90% of all deaf children are born into hearing families.
- Of those families, only 10% ever learn to effectively communicate with their
deaf child. The other 90% do not.
- American Sign Language is the third most commonly used language in theUnited States.
- Deafness is the No. 1 birth defect in theUnited States.
- 75 – 85% of deaf high school graduates only read at a 3rd – 4th grade level.
- Deafness is the most costly single disability in terms of special education costs, averaging $25,000 per year per child, compared to $5,100 for a normal hearing child.
- The average lifetime cost to society of a child born deaf in terms of medical, educational, and productivity losses is $1,020,000.
The Prevalence of Hearing Loss in Children
- Over 1 million children in the United States have a hearing loss.
- 6 in every 1000 infants born in the United States has some degree of hearing loss.
- About 3 out of every 1000 infants born in the United States has a severe or
profound hearing loss.
- 83 out of every 1000 children in the United States have what is termed an educationally significant hearing loss.
Myths Regarding Deafness
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Vital & Health Statistics, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1994.
http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/statistics/hearing.asp (National Institutde on Deafness and
Other Communications Disorders)