What is deafness?

The term ‘deaf’ refers to all levels of hearing loss in children, including a partial or total loss of hearing. This includes those who may describe themselves as having a ‘hearing loss’, ‘hearing impairment’ or as ‘deaf’, and includes children who have glue ear. Deafness, or hearing loss, happens when one or more parts of the ear are not working effectively.

Deafness refers to the inability to understand speech through hearing even when sound is amplified. Profound deafness means the person cannot hear anything at all; they are unable to detect sound, even at the highest volume possible. Hearing aids do not replace normal hearing and people with a hearing impairment face barriers every day trying to communicate and understand. Deafness is an unseen disability and is often misunderstood.

Follow the link to find out more about deafness in children:

Understanding Childhood Deafness

See the National Deaf Children Society (NDCS) for information on deaf awareness.

Did you know?

  • 78% of deaf children attend their local mainstream school

Support deaf children in your school by nominating a Listening Champion and attending our training courses.

Check out our webinar on the Listening Champion

Training dates will soon be coming out for September 2018 on deaf awareness and strategies of how to support deaf and hearing impaired children in the mainstream classroom.


Watch the Oscar award winning performance of Maisie Sly in the ‘Silent Child’