American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Life with a Hearing Loss

People with hearing loss can have: 

  • Difficulty speaking and understanding verbal communication.
  • Problems in academic achievement, including language arts, vocabulary, arithmetic, and problem solving.
  • Lower scores on achievement and verbal IQ tests.
  • Greater need for enrollment in special education or extra support in the classroom.
  • Feelings of isolation, exclusion, embarrassment, annoyance, confusion, and helplessness.
  • A reluctance to participate in activities with others.
  • Significant problems following directions.
  • Numerous physiological changes, sleep difficulties, digestive problems, delayed emotional development, stress related disorders, behavioral problems, body fatigue, and possible immunological effects.

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