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Facts about Deafness
Some facts about Deafness in Ireland...
- 3 in 1,000 children in Ireland are born with a disabling hearing loss (approx. 200 per year).
- Early detection of hearing loss in new-born babies is the most important factor in minimising the disabling impact of deafness over the child’s life.
- 2,000 children with disabling hearing loss attend mainstream and special schools in Ireland.
- 5,000 profoundly deaf Irish Sign Language (ISL) users live in Ireland. ISL is unique to Ireland and has a strong cultural binding force within the Deaf Community.
- 20% of people aged 50 years and older experience a disabling hearing loss (225,000 people in Ireland).
- 44% of people aged 70 years and over experience a disabling hearing loss (145,000 Irish adults).
- A significant percentage of acquired hearing loss is preventable through better hearing care.
- Due to the increased portability of personal music players and the high incidence of listening to very loud music over a long number of years, it is expected that this generation will rewrite the hearing loss prevalence statistics in the coming years.