Canadians with a Hearing Disability

Release date: May 8, 2019
Canadians with a Hearing Disability
Description: Canadians with a Hearing Disability

Canadians with a Hearing Disability

Over 1.3 million or 5% of Canadians aged 15 years and over have a hearing disability.

35 percent of Canadians with a hearing disability also have a seeing disability.

319,000 Canadians with a hearing disability do not use a hearing aid or cochlear implant but need them. Of these, 66% say it is because of cost.

The top four aids or assistive devices used by Canadians with a hearing disability are:

  • hearing aid or cochlear implant: 30%
  • closed captioning: 14%
  • telephone-related devices: 8%
  • visual alarms: 7%

40% of Canadians aged 15 to 44 years with a "more severe" hearing disability use closed captioning or subtitles compared to 15% aged 65 and over.

23 percent of Canadians with a hearing disability lip read.

Note: The Canadian Survey on Disability covers Canadians aged 15 years and over who experience limitations in their daily activities because of a long-term condition or health-related problem.

Source: Canadian Survey on Disability, 2017.

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