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Disability Resource Center

Hearing Disability

Hearing impairment means a total or partial loss of hearing function which impedes the communication process essential to language, educational, social and/or cultural interactions. Hearing impairment is defined as:

  • Deaf - total or partial loss of hearing function so severe that it no longer serves as a major channel for information processing and that requires the use of communication in a mode other than oral language including sign language, telephone devices for the deaf, etc.
  • Hearing limitation - a functional loss in hearing which is still capable of serving as a major channel for information processing.

Disability Resource Center

Building 1600, Room 1615
Phone: 925.424.1510
Fax: 925.424.1515

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