Deaf Children Statistics
According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), nearly 13 percent of people in the United States have some degree of hearing loss. This includes many different types of people and ranges of hearing loss. Many adults become Deaf due to old age or throughout their life. Some people go Deaf due to an illness such as spinal meningitis at a young age because the treatment that saves their life also has a large chance of making them Deaf. The last group in this percentage is babies who are born Deaf or Hard of Hearing.
Every year, more than 24,000 babies are born with some level of hearing loss. This includes babies that are born profoundly Deaf as well as those who are born Hard of Hearing. More than 95% of Deaf babies are born to hearing parents (Lieberman et al. 1). Of those who are born to hearing families, only 12 percent of those families will learn sign language in order to communicate with their Deaf child. There are still 88% of families that will not learn sign language in order to communicate with their Deaf child. In these instances, an English-Only Oral method is typically used.