Deafness and Hearing Impairment

From All Rights (Kol-Zchut) (www.kolzchut.org.il)

This portal contains information regarding the rights of the deaf and those who suffer from hearing loss.

Hearing impairment is manifested by partial or complete loss of the ability to hear. The disability may be congenital, or occur late in life, as the result of illness, or an accident, for example.

The severity of a hearing impairment is graded according to the additional intensity above a nominal threshold that a sound must be before being detected by an individual. The ranking of hearing impairment is as follows: a minor hearing impairment (25-16 dB of hearing loss), a mild hearing impairment (40-26 dB of hearing loss), a moderate hearing impairment (55-41 dB of hearing loss), a moderately severe hearing impairment (70-56 dB of hearing loss), a severe hearing impairment (90-71 dB of hearing loss) and a profound hearing impairment (more than 90 dB of hearing loss). People who are generally considered to be deaf are those with severe or profound hearing impairment (based on information from "Wikipedia").

More than ten percent of the population suffers from hearing loss. Every third person over 65 is hard of hearing. Hearing loss affects all segments of the population and all socioeconomic groups. A hearing impairment can make it difficult for people to communicate and integrate into society and it may exposes them to various risks, as well.

Accordingly, there are a wide range of right and relevant services to the deaf and hard of hearing population. This portal details the rights to which the deaf and hearing impaired are entitled, and the ways to claim these rights.



Aid organizations

For a comprehensive categorized listing of healthcare organizations offering assistance and support to people with disabilities, click here.

The following organizations offer assistance to the deaf and hearing impaired:

Government agencies

Court Rulings

Laws & Regulations

Additional publications

Sources

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