Hearing Loss Basics




This page is intended for those of you who are new to hearing loss. We don’t necessarily mean that you have a hearing loss yourself, only that you don’t know much about hearing loss and would like to know more. If you’re a friend or family member of a person with hearing loss, welcome! Whatever your reason for being here, we hope you will benefit from your experience. We’ve included an email link at the bottom of this page for your feedback!

The first thing we’d like to suggest is that you bookmark this site so you can easily revisit it.
What you’ll find on this page is a bunch of links to information that answers the most questions most commonly asked by people who are new to hearing loss. Pick a link that interests you and follow it as far as you like. Then use the “Back” button to get back to this page so you can explore a different topic. Ready?

OK, the first thing you might want to do is learn about the various members of the hearing loss community. Does a person who loses his hearing normally learn sign language? Are there really people who would choose to remain deaf if they could hear? Learn about the various components of the hearing loss community on our Who’s Who Page.

Have you run across some hearing loss terms that might as well be Greek? Our Glossary will help you make sense of all the new terminology.

If you’re a baby boomer whose hearing is deserting you, you’ve got lots of company. Hearing loss is practically an epidemic among boomers.

And I’m sure you want to know what caused your hearing loss. As hard as it might be to believe, most people never really know what caused their loss. But, if you want to see what some of the common (and not so common) causes are, visit our causes of hearing loss page.