What is Deafness or Hearing Loss
Learn more about deafness, hearing loss, and the Deaf identity so you can better understand people in and connected to the Deaf community.
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.