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Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DHH)

Deaf/Hard of Hearing refers to individuals who experience a varying degree of hearing loss, ranging from mild to profound. Deaf individuals typically have little to no functional hearing, while hard of hearing individuals have some residual hearing ability. This hearing impairment can be congenital or acquired and may impact a person’s ability to communicate, access information, and interact with their environment. People who are deaf or hard of hearing often use assistive devices, such as hearing aids or cochlear implants, and alternative communication methods, like sign language or lip-reading, to navigate their daily lives. Deaf/Hard of Hearing individuals may rely on visual cues, sign language, or assistive technology to communicate effectively. Deaf/Hard of Hearing colleagues can benefit from clear and concise written communication, ensuring that important information is not missed. Deaf/Hard of Hearing awareness and understanding can foster a more inclusive and supportive work environment for all team members.

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