Living with Hearing Impairment

What is Hearing Impairment?

Hearing impairment happens when one or more parts of the ear aren’t working effectively. The ear is the first part of the hearing system. The outside part of the ear catches sound waves and directs them down the ear canal. The waves then cause the eardrum to vibrate.

There are two main types of deafness:

  • Nerve deafness which is a hearing impairment in the inner ear. This usually means that the cochlea isn’t working effectively. Nerve or sensorineural deafness is permanent.
  • Conductive deafness which means that sound can’t pass efficiently through the outer and middle ear into the inner ear. This is often caused by blockages such as wax in the outer ear, or fluid in the middle ear (glue ear). Glue ear is a very common condition, especially in pre-school children. Conductive deafness is usually temporary, but it can be permanent in some cases.

Very few deaf children have no useful hearing. Most deaf children can hear some sounds at certain frequencies and loudness, and with the use of hearing aids or implants they are often able to hear more sounds.

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What drives our organisation?

The South Staffordshire Deaf Children's Society

Established in 1975, we are a well known group supporting hearing impaired children and their families in the South Staffordshire region. Every year we organise a wide range of activities from events for little toddlers to events for parents only. We seek to support families as they work their way through accepting and living with hearing impairment in their family and provide a local support network for people to know that they are not alone in their situation.Being a society affiliated with the National Deaf Children’s Society, we provide links both locally and nationally, sharing information and insights depending on your context. Our fundraising events have allowed us to purchase Roger Pens and iPads (among others) for hearing impaire children to use in school with the support of their assigned Teacher of the Deaf and therefore not be at any disadvantage to others in their class.

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