By early life, significant deafness, we mean deafness that has been present prior to the age of three or four years of age (known as “age of onset”) as well as deafness that is severe to profound.  Click here to see more information about the age of onset and click here to see more about how deafness is categorised.

Early life, significant deafness has implications in relation to both language acquisition and learning.  This is not surprising if you think about the learning milestones that occur during infancy and childhood and how deafness creates barriers to accessing information.


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