People who were born hearing and become severely deaf after learning to speak are often described as deafened or as having an acquired profound hearing loss (APHL). This hearing loss may be due to a disease or illness or there may not be an identified reason for the loss of the person’s hearing. Deafened people may rely on lipreading to follow a conversation or need to have things written down for them. If arranging a meeting or appointment with a person who is deafened, it is important to find out what support they need, for example, an Electronic Notetaker or a Lip Speaker.

People who are Deafened