Hearing Loss

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Hearing loss defined

  • Facts about hearing loss
  • “What’s the difference between a deaf and hard of hearing person”?
  • Definitions of hearing loss categories
  • Definitions of late deafened

  • Signs of hearing loss

    Learn about social, emotional, and medical signs indicating that you might have a hearing loss.

  • • Getting your hearing tested: If you suspect hearing loss, how do you get tested?

  • Hearing loss prevention

  • Prevention of hearing loss from noise exposure
  • Noise and Hearing Loss Prevention from the CDC
  • “How loud is too loud?”
  • Noise and Hearing Loss Prevention from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Noise-Induced Hearing Loss and Its Prevention
  • What is noise-induced hearing loss?
  • Hearing loss article from the New Jersey Department of Human Services (PDF)

  • Impact of hearing loss

  • The impact of treated hearing loss on quality of life
  • Untreated hearing loss linked to depression, anxiety, social isolation in seniors
  • Sudden onset of hearing loss
  • Support for late-deafened adults
  • Personal and social identity

  • Demographics of hearing loss

    Information about how many people have hearing loss.

  • Facts on hearing loss
  • Estimates of deaf/hard of hearing populations in MN

  • Resources to learn speech reading

  • “What is speechreading?”
  • Lipreading (or speechreading)
  • E-Michigan deaf and hard of hearing people

  • Assistive technology

    Different assistive equipment to improve communication.

    Using the telephone

    Hearing loss doesn’t need to prevent telephone use. Minnesota’s Telephone Equipment Distribution program can help.


  • • Simple communication pointers can increase understanding and reduce stress.
  • • Links between hearing loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s (PDF)
  • • Home modification checklist (PDF)
  • • Caregivers Guide
  • • Planning tools
  • • Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS): hearing loss/technology presentation

  • Information about:

  • Alport Syndrome
  • Atresia/Microtia
  • Auditory Neuropathy
  • Auditory Processing Disorder
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Autism
  • Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease
  • Branchio-oto-renal Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • CHARGE Syndrome
  • Disorders and syndromes associated with hearing loss
  • Down Syndrome
  • Earwax
  • Genetics
  • Goldenhar Syndrome
  • Hearing Loss and Balance
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Jervell & Lange-Nielsen Syndrome
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Mitochondrial deafness
  • Noise-Induced Hearing Loss
  • Otosclerosis
  • Ototoxicity
  • Pendred Syndrome
  • Stickler Syndrome
  • Sudden onset of hearing loss
  • Tinnitus
  • The noise in your ears: Facts about Tinnitus
  • Usher Syndrome
  • Vestibular Schwannoma (Acoustic Neuroma) and Neurofibromatosis
  • Waardenburg Syndrome
  • Zellweger Syndrome
  • Other publications and resources

    DHHS home page

    Please contact the regional office nearest you if you would like more information on the topics above. Go to the About DHHS page to learn more about Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services.

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