Deafness and hard-of-hearing

Hearing loss may result from genetic causes, complications at birth, certain infectious diseases, chronic ear infections, the use of particular drugs, exposure to excessive noise and ageing. People who are deaf or hard-of-hearing can benefit from hearing aids, cochlear implants and other assistive devices; captioning and sign language; and other forms of educational and social support.

Hearing loss has a major impact on daily life. The biggest challenge facing persons with hearing loss is communication. People who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, make more effort to follow conversations and get information. They put their other senses extra and are often good at lip reading, sign language and reading body language. However, communication can be quite tiring for them. It helps if others consider impairment. Ensuring good communication is the responsibility of both partners. Ask what the other needs during a conversation. Then you can take the best account of his or her impairment.


At Kentalis our audiology centres provide diagnostic services to over 15.000 clients. Our teachers are not only teaching at our own schools but also provide assistance to deaf and hard-of-hearing students and their teachers in mainstream education settings. At Kentalis we continuously strive to improve our education by doing research and training our teachers. We provide preprimary, primary and secondary education. For those who have additional disabilities we have specialized units that offer support, at our schools, but also to other organizations. For those who require intensive care we have residential services where highly specialized care can be provided, based on the individual needs of the person. We are always looking which way of communication suits the students best. At Kentalis you will find a mix of special schools with and without bilingual deaf education programs, inclusive education programs and twin schools.

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