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  • 90% of all deaf parents have hearing children.
  • India has one of the highest deaf populations in the world with approximately 6% of the population suffering some kind of hearing loss.
  • Four out of 1,000 children in India are born deaf.
  • Alexander Graham Bell, whose own mother and wife were deaf, invented the telephone.
  • It is estimated that 90% of deaf adults who were deaf as children use Sign Language, and most of them learned it at schools for the deaf.
  • Thomas Edison, the inventor of electricity was deaf.
  • American Sign language is the third-largest foreign language in the U.S., out-ranked by Spanish and Italian.
  • India celebrates the International Week for the Deaf in September, and September 26 is recognized as the “Day of the Deaf” in India.
  • Frenchman, Abbé Charles-Michel de l’Épée founded the world’s first public school for deaf in Paris in the 18th Century.
  • Famous German composer and pianist, Beethoven’s hearing began to deteriorate in his twenties. Even after he became completely deaf, he continued to compose music.
  • Gallaudet University in the U.S. is the world’s only university with courses and services specifically designed to accommodate deaf and hard of hearing students. The University was founded in 1864.