11 things you didn’t know about childhood deafness

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Jonathan Barnes, Campaigns Assistant

 

This blog was co-written with Vicki Kirwin, Development Manager, at the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS). 

 

1)   More than 90% of deaf children are born to hearing parents meaning new parents have no previous knowledge about deafness and rely on good support and information to understand how best to help their child

2)   You may know that there are 45,000 deaf children in the UK. But did you know that 1 in 5 pre-school children have a temporary deafness caused by glue ear at any one time? That’s more than 770,000 young children experiencing deafness right now.

3)   Classrooms are noisy places and even a child with mild hearing loss can miss as much as 50% of classroom discussion without appropriate support.

4)   Not all deaf children are born deaf. At least half develop deafness during childhood. This can be because they inherited a gene that causes childhood-onset deafness, or because of infection, illness or injury.

5)   The word ‘cochlea’ comes from the Latin for ‘snail shell’. The cochlea has 2.5 turns in its ‘shell’.


6)   The inner ear is where the cochlea detects sound and turns it into electrical signals. These signals are sent to the brain which interprets or makes sense of what has been heard.


7)   There is some great technology to help support a lot of deaf children with their learning and development.

8)   Deaf children are just as likely to enjoy music and develop an interest in playing musical instruments as hearing children, if exposed to them. NDCS supports music teachers and venues in being deaf friendly.

9)   If given the right opportunities deaf children can learn and use two or more languages, including sign language, English and other spoken foreign languages.


10)   There are at least 137 different sign languages used around the world (the one shown below is not one of them). Find out more here.

11)   Given the right support deaf children can do anything their hearing friends can. But they can’t clean their ears with their tongue unlike this giraffe whose tongue is 21-inches long!

 

The National Deaf Children’s Society are working to bring about a world without barriers for all deaf children.

Join us to campaign today.

7 thoughts on “11 things you didn’t know about childhood deafness

    • Hi Frances,

      Thank you for your feedback. We’re in the process of trying out different types of blog posts to see what is successful so we always like to hear thoughts from our readers!

      The Campaigns Team

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  1. I’m afraid I agree with Frances. Had to read through each interesting fact at least twice, to ensure I’d correctly gained all information. The graphics were certainly a distraction for me. I understand that people learn and process information differently, so obviously you’ll not be able to please all of the people, all of the time !

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