Approximately 30 million Americans are deaf or hard of hearing. Credit: Photograph courtesy of Dylann Hendricks/Unsplash.

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By Aria Brent

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) estimates that nearly 30 million people experience hearing loss or deafness. Some use hearing aids and cochlear implants while many cannot hear at all. September is Deaf Awareness Month and community experts are sharing how to include and listen to deaf people in your community. 

“Deafness can occur in many different ways and perhaps the most well known reason is age related,” explained Wade Chien, M.D. “It has been shown that most of us are going to lose some hearing. The sensory cells in the inner ear, they help us to detect sounds and the auditory nerve cells have a finite lifespan.”

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