The loss of hearing is epidemic and can be super-debilitating. I’ve lived, worked and served with many folks that lacked the fullest use of their hearing and speaking senses. Yes, they learned to cope, but their communication was (or is) limited due to a birth defect or injury.
According to the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communicative Disorders:
- About 2 to 3 out of every 1,000 children in the United States are born with a detectable level of hearing loss in one or both ears.1
- More than 90% of deaf children are born to hearing parents.2
- Approximately 15% of American adults (37.5 million) aged 18 and over report some trouble hearing.3
- Age is the strongest predictor of hearing loss among adults aged 20-69.
- Men are almost twice as likely as women to have hearing loss among adults aged 20-69.4
- One in eight people in the United States (13 percent, or 30 million) aged 12 years or older has hearing loss in both ears, based on standard hearing examinations.5
These stats are alarming to me. Any level of hearing / speaking impairment causes a person to “miss out” on life and mission and purpose! Deafness and hard hearing is an ailment that can often be remedied. However, choosing not to listen to “what the Spirit of the Lord is speaking”, well — that’s an intentional decision in need of supernatural help from Above!
My foremost prayer for our new Advent series: “Do You Hear What I Hear?“ is that everyone who worships with us will experience the life-changing fullness and power of God that draws us closer to Himself, His Kingdom come, and His Will done on … as He seals our future with Hope, Peace, Joy and Love on earth!