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Deafness and Hearing Loss

  1. John A. Albertini

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0251

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Albertini, J. A. 2010. Deafness and Hearing Loss. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

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  1. Rochester Institute of Technology

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Estimates of the prevalence of hearing loss vary widely within and across countries. As one indicator, over 30 million Americans (10% of the population) have significant, chronic hearing losses, and almost 2 million are deaf in both ears. Variation in the degree of hearing loss, age of hearing loss onset, and the etiologies of the losses influence the way and extent to which deafness affects psychological functioning.


  • audition;
  • cultural identity;
  • education;
  • language;
  • literacy;
  • visual processing