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Deafness is partial or complete hearing loss. Deaf and hard of hearing people can experience anything from a very mild to a total loss of hearing. Deaf and hard of hearing people still enjoy a full and fulfilling life.

Communicating with the hearing world is usually the main problem encountered by people who are Deaf or hard-of-hearing. Many Deaf people, whether they are born Deaf or become deaf, learn sign language as a means to communicate.

In Australia, the Deaf community uses Auslan (Australian Sign Language) to communicate.

Learn more about deafness or hearing loss

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Audio Advantage (opens in a new window)

Better Health Channel (opens in a new window)

HEARnet (opens in a new window)