According to the Centre for Deaf Studies at the University of Witwatersrand, deafness is one of the single largest prevailing disabilities in South Africa affecting more than 4 million D/deaf people, out of whom 300,000 to 400,000 are profoundly affected. For children hearing is key to learning spoken language, performing academically, and engaging socially.
WHAT IS HEARING IMPAIRMENT?
Hearing impairment is a partial or total inability to hear in one or both ears and can have several different causes. It is important to be familiar with the cause of the child’s hearing loss, if you can.
INFO FACTSHEET: Including Learners with Hearing Impairments