Family Needs Assessment

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Section 1

Respondent Demographics

Survey Methodology and Demographic Information 

The survey was sent to families with children who are deaf and hard of hearing across the country through a variety of channels, including email messages and e-newsletters, the AG Bell website, and social media. The target respondent population was families with children who are deaf and hard of hearing under the age of 15 who have benefited from early hearing detection and intervention and have chosen a listening and spoken language outcome. Of the 1,101 survey respondents, 80 percent fit these criteria and their responses are presented in the following sections.

The Families: 

  • 88% of respondents came from dual parent households
  • 90% of respondents were female
  • 20% of respondents indicated that their child with hearing loss had an additional disability

What is the age of your child with hearing loss?

Age % of respondents
0-6 months 4.4%
7-11 months 1.7%
1-2 10.8%
3 -5 26.0%
6 - 10 28.7%
11 - 15 22.8%
16+ 5.6%

At what age was your child diagnosed with hearing loss?

Age % of respondents
0-6 months 53.1%
7-11 months 8.6%
1-2 23.8%
3 -5 12.6%
6 - 10 1.2%
11 - 15 0.4%
16+ 0.3%