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Hearing Impairments And Profound Deafness

  
  
  

Keep Calm and Sign On ASLOne in every 1,000 US children is born deaf or with a hearing impairment. Some of these children go on to receive and utilize cochlear implants while others learn to lip read, use adaptive technology and hearing aids, and communicate with American Sign Language. The treatment and results are specific to the type and severity of the hearing impairment.

In addition to those born deaf or hard-of-hearing, some 20% of Americans over the age of 12 have hearing loss or damage significant enough to impair the ability to communicate. Of course, there is also an age correlation to hearing loss, with more people experiencing hearing loss as they age. Exposure to extremely loud noises can cause high-frequency hearing loss, and this happens to many people due to their work environments or participation in loud recreational activities.

Swiss Army Dog TagsAdditionally, an estimated 60% of military service personnel suffer noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), tinnitus (ringing in the ear[s]), and other hearing damage during deployments.

If you have a severe hearing impairment or are profoundly deaf, your ability to communicate may be severely compromised in the event of an accident or injury. Emergency medical personnel (EMTs and ER doctors) need to know whether your inability to hear and/or speak is a new symptom or an existing condition so that they can accurately diagnose the immediate issues and provide appropriate treatment. Additionally, if you utilize adaptive technology, such as a speech application on an iPad or other touch-screen device, those around you need to know and return your device to you so that you can self-advocate. That’s why, for people who are profoundly deaf or have a severe hearing impairment, medical ID jewelry from Lauren’s Hope makes such a difference.

Do you wear a hearing impairment medical ID bracelet? Do you use assistive technology for speech and hearing? We want to hear from you!  


Comments

I was born premature, and my hearing loss was found at age 8. I've worn bilateral hearing aids ever since. I lip read. I never thought of listing "hearing impaired" on my Medical ID Tag.
Posted @ Wednesday, May 29, 2013 10:33 AM by Kayla Kidwell
Hi Kayla! Yup! Hearing impairments are an important issue for EMTs and ER personnel to know about! Looks like it's time for a new tag for you! :) How many tags do you have now? :)
Posted @ Wednesday, May 29, 2013 10:45 AM by Tara Cohen
I wear a medical alert to inform of my hearing loss, it also reminds medical personnel to remove my hearing aids should I need an MRI.
Posted @ Wednesday, May 29, 2013 11:00 AM by Diane
Diane, that is a GREAT point about the MRI! I had not thought about that! Thanks for sharing such an important tip!
Posted @ Wednesday, May 29, 2013 11:07 AM by Tara Cohen
I had thought about this before but since I wear one for another medical condition should I wear a second one? I have been wearing hearing aids for many many years due to having measles as a baby. My deafness was not discovered until I was about 8 also. I was taught lip reading and still use it today as well as the hearing aids.
Posted @ Wednesday, May 29, 2013 2:11 PM by Toby Levy-Preston
Hi Toby! We would recommend updating your medical ID plaque so you can wear one bracelet with all of your information, if it will fit. It's definitely something to make First Responders aware of as quickly as possible. If you need help with fitting all of your information on a tag, give us a call at 800.360.8680. Our customer service team is here from 8-4 Central time, and they're outstanding at finding ways to arrange your text to fit!
Posted @ Wednesday, May 29, 2013 7:40 PM by Tara Cohen
 
I just now saw your comment, Tara!!! Yep, I think you're right-might be time for a new tag...LOL!!! :)
Posted @ Wednesday, June 05, 2013 4:12 PM by Kayla Kidwell
LOL! Too funny, Kayla! Email me if you have any questions, or message me on FB. You know we're always here to help!
Posted @ Wednesday, June 05, 2013 5:13 PM by Tara Cohen
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