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    There are 360 million people in the world who are deaf or hard of hearing. Microsoft's inclusion mission embraces them within its workforce and brings them some of the benefits of hearing via technology.
    Some degree of hearing loss is virtually inevitable as we age. Sadly other factors, such as loud noises, disease, injury or congenital disabilities, rob millions of others of the vital sense. As with many disabilities, individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing face discrimination in various areas of life, including employment opportunities.

    Additionally, a person's inability to hear could have adverse effects on how they interact socially. Thus, they may be uncomfortable or lack confidence in certain social settings. How others embrace or fail to embrace them could also affect them. An inability to hear could be a life-threatening condition, as well, if an individual is unable to perceive environmental cues to alert them to danger.

    Microsoft's inclusion mission seeks to move beyond discriminatory practices by bringing people with hearing impairments into its workforce. The company is also producing technology that will enable these individuals to experience some of the benefits of hearing.

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    11-08-2017 12:20 PM

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