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My paper is based on a disability that many Americans and I have hearing loss The nature causality assessment prevention accommodation and my personal reflection of the hearing loss will be discussed in my paper According to Gallaudet University approximately 1 of every 1000 infants is born deaf while 6 of every 1000 are born with some degree of hearing loss Permanent hearing loss at birth annually affects 24000 infants in the USA In other words 6 infants per 1000 will have a hearing loss in a least one ear that will affect communication cognition and educational development Twenty to thirty percent of hearing loss in children occurs during infancy and early childhood Some will suffer hearing loss in one ear or possibly both There are different types of hearing loss A conductive hearing loss occurs in the middle ear This is where three small bones involved in hearing are located A hearing loss that occurs in this part of the ear is usually temporary A chronic or recurrent ear infections may cause a hearing loss in the middle ear There are cases where there is a malformation in this area that can be improved or corrected through surgery There are occasions when a problem in the middle ear can not be corrected A sensori-neural hearing loss occurs in the middle ear and indicates that there is nerve damage This type of loss is not reversible In summary there are different natures of hearing loss some that can be corrected or others that are irreversible Parents sometimes ask Why did this happen to my child In some cases the cause of a childs hearing loss may be easy to trace There may be a family history of deafness a congenital condition an illness an accident a prescribed medication etc that may obviously be cause of the hearing loss In many cases there may be no obvious reason for the hearing loss Parents must come
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