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You’ll find most of the information you’ll need about the National Deaf Children’s Society here but for more information on the charity or childhood deafness please contact the press office.

Key stats and milestones

Key facts on childhood deafness
  • National Deaf Children’s Society uses the word ‘deaf’ to refer to all levels of hearing loss.
  • There are four levels of hearing loss: mild deafness, moderate deafness, severe deafness and profound deafness.
  • There are over 45,000 deaf children living in the UK and 20 million deaf children in the world.
    90% of deaf children are born to hearing parents with little or no experience of deafness or knowledge of how to communicate with a deaf person.
  • 40% of deaf children have additional needs.
  • Four babies are born deaf every day.
  • Half of deaf children are born deaf and the other half become deaf during childhood.
  • The National Deaf Children's Society Helpline has been operating since 1997.


Position Statements

We have developed a number of position statements relating to issues on childhood deafness, which outline our position and aim to provide guidance for parents and professionals.

Our position statements


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Notes to editors

  • The National Deaf Children’s Society is the leading charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and their families.
  • There are more than 45,000 deaf children in the UK. The National Deaf Children’s Society helps deaf children and young people thrive by providing impartial, practical and emotional support to them and their families, and by challenging governments and society to meet their needs.
  • The National Deaf Children’s Society believes that every deaf child should be valued and included by society and have the same opportunities as any other child.
  • For more information visit  For further support, parents can contact the National Deaf Children’s Society Freephone Helpline on 0808 800 8880 (voice and text), email, or chat online at


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