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Did You Know?

The presence of a visual impairment does not enhance hearing ability.

It is a myth that people who are visually impaired can hear better than people with normal vision. In fact, sometimes the cause of vision loss causes hearing loss as well. For example, a child whose mother has German measles (rubella) during her pregnancy may experience both hearing and visual impairments. Likewise, for those with Usher's Syndrome, hearing loss is usually present at birth or early childhood and vision degenerates over time.