Hearing Loss Sitemap - Page 1 2016-09-26

Deanne Bray: Deaf Actress and Television Star
Deanne Bray, a deaf actress, stars in Sue Thomas, F.B.Eye, on the Pax channel.

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Deaf Community and Culture in South Africa
South Africa has a well-established deaf community, well-served by schools, organizations, service agencies, and more.

Auditory Processing Disorder in Adults
Auditory processing disorder is usually thought of as a child's learning disability, but many adults have APD or are at risk of acquiring APD as they age.

Answers to Questions Hearing Children Have on Deafness
Hearing kids may have questions on deafness. This article answers questions.

Unilateral Hearing Loss - Only One Ear Is Affected
The type of hearing loss that gets relatively little attention is unilateral hearing loss. Read more about this type of hearing loss here.

Samuel Heinicke - Father of Oral Deaf Education
Samuel Heinicke developed oral deaf education and opened the first oral school for the deaf, in Germany. Read more about his impact on the deaf community.

Tinnitus - Causes, Effects, and Treatment
Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, can cause discomfort, but it is treatable. Read about the causes, research, and treatments here.

Gay and Lesbian Deaf People and Organizations
Learn about resources for the deaf and hard of hearing gay community. From organizations, films, social services, healthcare, social networks, and more.

Enlarged Vestibular Aqueduct Syndrome
A look at Enlarged Vestibular Aqueduct Syndrome, a cause of progressive hearing loss. Read about what causes it, and how it can be treated.

Itinerant Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
As more deaf and hard of hearing students are mainstreamed in neighborhood schools, the role of the itinerant teacher is increasing in importance.

Financial Aid For Hearing Aids and Cochlear Implants
Financing hearing aids and cochlear implants, due to their high prices and the cost of surgery, can be challenging. Here are some sources of help.

History of Theatre in the Deaf Community
Learn about deaf theatre past and present, education and resources on deaf theatre, and deaf playwrights.

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When Deaf People Also Have Autism
Some deaf children are also autistic. Learn about the support, research, publications, and article resources on children who are both deaf and autistic.​

Idioms in American Sign Language
Part of deaf culture includes American Sign Language idioms, idioms used only by the deaf community and that do not appear in regular spoken English.

Sign Language - Pidgin Signed English
Pidgin Sign(ed) English is a form of sign language that is between ASL and English. Read about this sign language, also known as

Where to Go on Deaf Cruises and Travel Tours
Being deaf shouldn't stop you from traveling the world. Check out where others in the deaf community are going on a cruise.

Life for the Deaf Community in Alaska
What is life like for deaf and hard of hearing people in Alaska? Here are social services, educational and entertainment options that are available.

Deaf People and Community in China
China has a large deaf population, plenty of schools, does research, and much more for the deaf community. Read about the resources here.

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Sign Language Interpreters - State-By-State Directories
Finding a qualified interpreter to hire can be challenging. Here is a list of interpreting directories, state by state.

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Learn Auslan - Australian Sign Language
Auslan is the sign language of Australia. Here are some resources for learning this time of sign language that is used in Australia.

Using Sign Language Outside of the U.S.
What are the sign languages used in other countries besides the United States? Not all countries have recognized sign languages.

Telecommunication Assistant for Deaf or Hard of Hearing
How people with the right qualifications can find employment with as either a text or video relay services communications assistant.

Apps for Auditory Processing Disorder
Apps and computer games can educate and entertain. For students with APD, there are many apps available to compliment interventions being done clinically.

An Often Overlooked Cause of Fatigue
People with hearing loss often experience fatigue, depression, stress, and anxiety. Properly fit hearing aids help alleviate these symptoms.

Making Hearing Aid Care Accessible For All
Joan Chesick, Au.D, provides audiology services in client homes. This style of practice benefits elderly patients with transportation and mobility issues.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community in Houston, Texas
Are you a deaf or hard of hearing person living in or are you thinking of, moving to Houston? Read an overview of the deaf and hard of hearing community.

Helping Deaf People in Developing Countries
There are many ways to assist,by contributing financially or volunteering (as teacher, audiologist, etc.) Here are worthwhile organizations.

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Deaf Community of Philadelphia
Read about the deaf community of Philadelphia, including accessible entertainment from theatres, museums, education, health services, and more.

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Terrylene, a Deaf Actress and Deaf Rights Advocate
Terrylene is a Deaf actress, Deaf rights advocate, and poet. Her movie and tv credits as well as other accomplishments are sampled here.

Granville Redmond - Deaf Artist, Granville Redmond
Profile of Granville Redmond, a very collectible deaf artist who is known for Impressionist landscapes and being one of the first Tonalist artists. .

Deaf Bodybuilder Shelley Beattie
Profile of Shelley Beattie, a professional, award-winning deaf bodybuilder. Best known for her role as 'Siren' on American Gladiators, Beattie also battled bipolar disorder.

Deaf Major League Baseball Player Known as Dummy Taylor
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Could Viagra Cause Hearing Loss?
Viagra and some other drugs for erectile dysfunction are suspected cause of hearing loss. Why is Viagra suspected to cause hearing loss?

Katie LeClerc - Profile of Switched at Birth Actress
Profile of Switched at Birth actress Katie LeClerc who plays Daphne.

Deaf Football Player, Kenny Walker
A look at the career of a deaf professional football player named Kenny Walker.

Helen Keller's Life as a Deaf and Blind Woman
Helen Keller was a remarkable deaf and blind woman whose appeal still endures today. Read the fascinating story of her life and discover additional resources.

What to Consider When it Comes to Cochlear Implants
Suggestions and guidelines for people considering a cochlear implant, including how to prepare for the implant and surgery.

Understanding TMJ Hearing Loss
TMJ hearing loss isn't common, but it can be distressing when experienced with other, often painful, TMJ symptoms. Learn more about TMJ hearing loss.

Deaf Awareness Week Increasing Awareness of Deafness
The last week in September is Deaf Awareness Week. The purpose is to draw attention to deaf people, their accomplishments and to promote their rights.

Alexander Graham Bell's Controversial Views on Deafness
Alexander Graham Bell was an inventor and deaf educator. Many people do not know of the controversies his methods sparked in the deaf community.

Types and Styles of Hearing Aids
Hearing aids come in many styles and options. BTE, RIC, ITE, ITC, CIC, IIC, extended wear, and bone conduction hearing aids are discussed.

5 Things an Audiologist Wants Parents to Know
What audiologists wish parents knew, including information about hearing protection and newborn hearing screening.

Signing Exact English and Syntax
A look at one form of communication and instruction, the use of Signing Exact English.

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Sign Language Fonts for Writing the Alphabet
Sign language fonts can be downloaded and utilized.

Signing Songs - Words for Signing Songs
Deafness forum members answer a question about the signs for common songs and pledges.

Why Veterans Should Be Concerned About H.R. 353
H.R. 353 claims to decrease the wait-time for hearing services, but will do it by providing less qualified healthcare professionals to treat U.S. Veterans.

Synesthesia - People Who Hear in Colors
Synesthesia is a rare condition in which senses are cross-wired. In some people, sounds are seen as colors. This is called chromesthesia.

Selective Hearing: Why Your Husband and Children Ignore You
Selective hearing is not due to hearing loss; it is rooted in the way the brain processes sounds.

What Causes Ringing In The Ears?
Do you have ringing in the ears? Learn about the common and less common causes of tinnitus in this informative article.

Current Treatments for Tinnitus
Ringing in the ears can be annoying or life-changing. When should you see the doctor about tinnitus and what treatments are available?

Hearing Loss and Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autism spectrum disorder is more prevalent in children with hearing loss but is difficult to diagnose as hearing loss can mask some symptoms.

Hybrid Cochlear Implants Overview
Hybrid cochlear implants allow people with residual low-frequency hearing to benefit from cochlear implant technology.

Better Classroom Hearing for Children with APD
APD negatively impacts speech perception, academic performance, on-task behavior, as well as emotional and psychological health. Use of an FM system can improve academic performance as well as psychosocial status.

Keeping Hearing Aids on Older Children and Teens
There are unique challenges to parenting a teenager with hearing loss, especially dealing with keeping hearing aids on amidst peer issues and changing listening needs. Strategies are discussed.

The Care Project: Supporting Emotional Family Hearing Loss
The Care Project is a non-profit organization geared toward educating professionals to provide emotional support to families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing and offering direct intervention to families.

Auditory Processing Disorder in Children
Auditory processing disorder (APD) is a condition where the brain does not use auditory information properly. It is not the result of cognitive, language, or related disorders. They key to accurate identification and diagnosis is to work with an audiologist experienced with APD.

How Tinnitus Impacts Daily Life
Tinnitus can impact daily life by affecting concentration, sleep, and emotions. Learn more about this condition.

Understand Hearing Loss Terminology
Overview of the terms used to describe types of hearing loss, which includes genetic, syndromic, and acquired types.

Hearing Aid Financial Assistance for Adults
Hearing aids contain sophisticated technology and can be expensive. Discover some avenues to consider when looking into how to afford hearing aids.

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Connexin 26 is a Genetic Cause of Hearing Loss
Connexin 26 mutations account for many cases of congenital hearing loss. Learn what Connexin 26 is, how it affects hearing, testing options, and treatment.

Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week
The last week of June is Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week. Learn about the causes of deaf-blindness and communication options for this population.

Strategies to Prevent Hearing Loss in Musicians
Even though music is a pleasant, excessive exposure does cause permanent damage to hearing. Learn strategies for preventing music-induced hearing loss.

The Link Between Hearing Loss and Dementia
Researchers are looking at the link between hearing loss and dementia. Learn more about their discoveries.

When Hearing Aids Don't Work
Reasons why hearing aids don't work.

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Driving with Hearing Loss
Driving when you can't hear well can be dangerous. Wear your hearing aids when you are behind the wheel and more tips for safety.

Speech Therapy for Adults and Kids with Hearing Loss
Speech-language pathologists play an important role on the aural rehabilitation team for adolescents and adults with hearing loss.

Why Do We Hear Better with Two Ears?
Hearing well requires the use of both ears. Auditory processing, timing and loudness cues, loudness summation, and auditory deprivation effect are discussed.

Busting Myths about Hearing Loss
Hearing loss impacts many areas of life, yet people are often reluctant to discuss how well - or how poorly - they hear the world around them. Myths are often barriers to receiving the help needed to improve the quality of life through better hearing. This article examines some of these myths and debunks, or

Mitochondrial Disorders and Hearing Loss
Adults and children can have mitochondrial disease. Hearing loss is a common and often overlooked, finding.

Healthy Hearing for the Holidays
The holidays are a wonderful time of year, but bring special challenges to people with hearing loss. Traveling with hearing loss, tips for lodging with assistive listening devices, party strategies, and gift ideas for people with hearing loss are discussed.

Preventing Noise-Induced Hearing Loss
Loud noise can cause hearing loss and tinnitus. The louder a sound is, the faster it can damage your hearing.

The Dangers of Q-tips
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Legal Rights for Deaf or Hard of Hearing People
There are many laws and legislation that affect deaf and hard of hearing people. ADA, CVAA, EHDI, IDEA, Hearing Aid Compatibility, Fair Housing, and Air Carriers Access Act are discussed in this article.

Robert Weitbrecht Inventor of the Telephone Typewriter
Robert Weitbrecht was a Deaf inventor who invented the telephone typewriter (TTY). The contribution of the TTY made it possible for people with hearing loss to communicate with others.

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Being Accepted by the Deaf Community
Forum members discuss being accepted by the Deaf community.

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Mondini Syndrome - Cause of Hearing Loss and Deafness
Mondini syndrome is a type of cochlear malformation. It includes having only 1 1/2 turns of the cochlea present, enlarged vestibule with normal semicircular canals, and enlarged vestibular aqueduct with dilated endolymphatic sac.

Poetry in American Sign Language
ASL poetry is the telling of poems, usually original poems, in sign language.

Topics on Deafness and Hearing Loss
People who are deaf or experiencing hearing loss face many new issues. Here are some deafness and hearing loss topics, from sign language to social issues.

Choosing a Deaf School or a Mainstream Program
Forum members discuss the pros and cons of attending a deaf school versus being in a mainstream program.

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Deaf Culture - Deaf or Disabled?
Do deaf people consider themselves to be disabled or only deaf? In this open forum debate, an overview of deaf culture and how they view themselves.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Deaf Culture
If you or someone you love is new to the deaf/HOH community, you may have questions. Find answers to these frequently asked questions on deaf culture.

Sign Language - Letter B
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Fingerspell the letter I. Hearing Loss.

Finger Spell the Sign Language Alphabet A-I
Learn to sign the alphabet in American Sign Language (fingerspelling) with our helpful photographs.

Sign Language - Letter C
Fingerspell the letter C. Hearing Loss.

Letter D
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Letter E
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Sign Language - Letter F
Fingerspell the letter F. Hearing Loss.

Sign Language - Letter G
Fingerspell the letter G. Hearing Loss.

Sign Language - Letter H
Fingerspell the letter H. Hearing Loss.

Cochlear Implant Surgery for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing
What happens in a cochlear implant surgery? Learn about what happens before the surgery, during the operation, and the recovery period.

Ototoxicity: Drugs as Cause of Hearing Loss and Deafness
Ototoxic drugs can cause hearing loss, both temporary and permanent.

Autism and Auditory Processing Disorder
It is common for children with autism to also have auditory processing disorders. Researchers are still learning how these disorders affect children with autism.

What Does Deaf Speech Sound Like?
Learn about deaf speech and what it sounds like. Also, learn about the impact of speech intelligibility on deaf children.

Music In the Ear Due to Musical Ear Syndrome
Sometimes deaf people will hear music in their heads. This can cause them to question their sanity, but it is only musical ear syndrome.

High-Frequency Hearing Loss Effects and Causes
Hearing loss in the higher frequencies: What causes it, how it can be prevented, how it can be managed.

Lipreading (Or Speechreading) - It's Dad Not Pad
Lipreading, or speechreading, is an invaluable communications tool for deaf and hard of hearing people.

Basic Aspects of American Deaf Culture
The deaf community in America has its own unique culture of art, theater, writing, and more.

Biography of Actor Marlee Matlin
Marlee Matlin, Academy Award-winning actress and 2008 cast member of Dancing With the Stars, is one of the more well-known deaf individuals.

A Cause of Hearing Loss: Meningitis
Meningitis is a dangerous illness that can strike at any age and victims that survive often suffer hearing loss.

Common Questions About Hearing Aid Batteries
Hearing aid batteries are the topic of this interview.

Stevie Platt - Author and Member of the Deaf Community
Deaf people, such as Stevie Platt, can write books. Find out more about this published author.

Raymond Luczak - Deaf and Gay Published Writer
Interview with Raymond Luczak a deaf and gay published writer and graduate of Gallaudet University.

Christmas Songs and Carols in Sign Language
Sign language translations of Christmas songs and carols.

What Is a Sign Language Interpreter Salary Like?
How much salary does a sign language interpreter earn? It depends on several factors

Chickenpox and Hearing Loss
Can chickenpox cause hearing loss in children and adults? Find out which age group may be more vulnerable to hearing loss with the chickenpox.

Profile of Deaf Sculptor, Douglas Tilden
Profile of the famous deaf sculptor Douglas Tilden.

Washington DC Deaf Community
The deaf community in Washington D.C., or Washington-Baltimore area, has one of the largest concentrations of deaf and hard of hearing people in the United States.

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Insurance for Hearing Aids to Help People Hear
As the U.S. population ages and hearing aid costs continue to escalate, efforts are increasing in state legislatures to get insurance companies to pay.

Los Angeles, California, Deaf Community
The deaf community in Los Angeles gets high marks as a

Auditory Ossicles: The Bones of the Middle Ear
About the auditory ossicles (malleus, incus, and stapes), and their role in hearing.

Sudden Hearing Loss
People can have normal hearing their entire lives, then wake up deaf. Others can have mild hearing impairment, then suddenly lose the rest of their hearing.

Why Don't Some Parents of Deaf Kids Use Sign Language?
Why do hearing parents fail to learn sign language to communicate with their deaf children? These seven common reasons are often given to educators.

FM Listening Systems for Deaf and Hard of Hearing
FM listening systems are an essential educational listening tool for deaf and hard of hearing children in the classroom setting.

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo and the Inner Ear
BPPV is characterized by a short burst of vertigo when the head moves. It is treated by physical positioning maneuvers.

Churches for Deaf People - Reasons and History
Churches of, and for, deaf people. Learn about the reasons why people go to a deaf church, and the history of these types of churches.

Cures for Deafness - Folklore Tales
Until modern times, there were many folktales of how to cure deafness. Here are some these

Marriage Between Deaf and Hearing People
Read about the reality of a deaf-hearing marriage. What is it like being married to a hearing person, and for a hearing person married to a deaf person?

Cochlear Implants - Basic Facts and FAQ
Read about the basic facts on cochlear implants from what is this type of ear implant, how it works, and how someone receives this implant.

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American Sign Language Signs for Food
Learn these examples of how to sign words related to food. Examples include apple, bread, eggs, milk, vegetable, pumpkin, and more.

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Learn the American Sign Language Alphabet
Learn the American Sign Language alphabet. Follow the pictures here to sign every letter in the alphabet, from A to Z.

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Learn 20 Sign Language Numbers
Follow these directions and pictures to learn how to sign these numbers, starting with the number one, and ending with twenty.

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Sign Language - Letter J
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Learning to Fingerspell Sign Language Alphabet - Letter J
Learn how to fingerspell the letter J with these directions. These sign language directions are in four easy steps.

Deaf People with Cerebral Palsy
Deaf people with cerebral palsy are everywhere. Learn more about when these conditions occur together, and the Cerebral Palsy and Deaf Organization.

Deaf Native Americans - American Indians Who Are Deaf
A brief overview of the Native American deaf and hard of hearing community, featuring organizations and publications.

History of American Sign Language
Learn about the history of American Sign Language, from it's origins in France to Martha's Vineyard Sign Language, and other historical resources.

The Brazilian Deaf Community
Learn more about the deaf and hard of hearing community in Brazil, from associations, education, and sign language.

Otosclerosis Cause of Hearing Loss and Deafness
Learn about otosclerosis and hearing loss, including the symptoms, treatment, and support of this type of hearing condition.

Nursery Rhymes in Sign Language
Find resources about nursery rhymes in sign language, including books, videos, research, educational uses, and signwriting.

Sign Language - Letter W
Fingerspell the letter W. Hearing Loss.

Learning to Finger Spell the Sign Language Alphabet U-Y
Learn how to finger spell letters U through Y with tips and tricks for remembering what the sign looks like.

Sign Language - Letter V
Fingerspell the letter V. Hearing Loss.

Sign Language - Letter X
Fingerspell the letter X. Hearing Loss.

Sign Language - Letter Y
Fingerspell the letter Y. Hearing Loss.

Learning to Finger Spell the Sign Language Alphabet K-T
Learn how to finger spell letters K through T with tips and tricks for remembering what the sign looks like.

Sign Language - Letter T
Fingerspell the letter T. Hearing Loss.

Sign Language - Letter L
Fingerspell the letter L. Hearing Loss.

Sign Language - Letter M
Fingerspell the letter M. Hearing Loss.

Sign Language - Letter N
Fingerspell the letter N. Hearing Loss.

Sign Language - Letter O
Fingerspell the letter O. Hearing Loss.

Sign Language - Letter P
Fingerspell the letter P. Hearing Loss.

Sign Language - Letter Q
Fingerspell the letter Q. Hearing Loss.

Sign Language - Letter R
Fingerspell the letter R. Hearing Loss.

Sign Language - Letter S
Fingerspell the letter S. Hearing Loss.

Easter Vocabulary in Sign Language
If you're looking for signs to get you through the Easter holiday, this glossary of terms will link you to the signs you're looking for.

Clothing Vocabulary in Sign Language
If you're looking for the signs for different articles of clothing, this glossary will direct you to webpages with the signs you want.

Black or African-American Deaf People and Organizations
Resources for deaf African-Americans, from organizations to books and research. List of accomplished deaf black people.

KODA Organization for Kids with Deaf Parents
Learn more about the KODA (Kids of Deaf Adults) Organization in this brief overview. This group is for children who are younger rather than adult children.

Employment Resources in the Deaf Community
The deaf and hard of hearing community has its own employment opportunities and resources to aid people seeking hearing loss-related job opportunities.

Causes of Deafness and Hearing Loss
Index of articles on causes of deafness and hearing loss.

Gift Ideas for Sign Language Interpreters
If you would like to show your appreciation to a sign language interpreter, there are plenty of inexpensive gifts to choose from.

Deaf Iranians - Deaf People in Iran
An overview of the deaf and hard of hearing community in Iran, including resources and organizations.

Playing Sports When Using Cochlear Implants
When someone has a cochlear implant, extra care or avoidance is necessary for certain physical activities or sports.

Sports Activities and Competitions for Deaf People
Learn more about athletic competition for deaf people in this overview of sports organizations, athletes​, and support in the deaf community.

ABC Stories Using the Alphabet in Sign Language
ABC stories are a fun way to express and practice the sign alphabet.

Swimmer's Ear: Causes, Prevention, When to See a Doctor
Otitis externa is an infection of the outer ear structures and can be caused by water trapped in the ear canal. Learn more.

Sudden Hearing Loss in People With Osteoporosis
A study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism found that people with osteoporosis had a greater risk of sudden hearing loss. Learn more.

Famous Historic Deaf and Hard of Hearing People
Articles on well-known figures in the deaf/hard of hearing community both contemporary and past.

Deaf People and Social Security Disability Income
If a deaf person loses a job, one option is to apply for Social Security Disability Income (SSDI). Learn more about SSDI for people with deafness.

Audiology Tests for Balance Disorders
Audiologists diagnose balance disorders using case history, in-office​ testing, ENG, platform posturography, and rotary chair evaluations.

10 Things an Audiologist Wants Parents to Know - part 2
Second article focusing on what audiologists want parents to know - including hearing with the ears and the brain, the impact of mild hearing loss, and working together as a team to obtain the best outcomes for children with hearing loss.

Over-the-counter hearing aids?
The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) recent report on “Aging America and Hearing Loss: Imperative of Improved Technologies.” What they got right, what they got wrong, and implications for the consumer.

APD Interventions: Prosodic Deficit
Social concerns, depression, difficulty with allocation of attention and topic maintenance, and visual spatial difficulties are often seen when one has a Prosodic Deficit. These difficulties come from dysfunction in the right hemisphere of the brain

A Step Forward in Understanding Hyperacusis with Pain
A new pathway from the ear to the brain that mediates detection of noxious noise may hold they key to drug treatments for hyperacusis.

Pathological View Versus Cultural View of Deafness
There are two types of views of deafness - the pathological and the cultural.

American Sign Language: Using Games to Learn ASL?
Can you use games to teach hearing people how to sign? Deaf Forum members respond with examples.

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University and Colleges for the Deaf
University education for the Deaf: Gallaudet University, National Technical Institute for the Deaf, and Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf.

What is That Hole Near My Child's Ear?
Infants with preauricular skin tags or ear pits are at increased risk for permanent hearing impairment. Hearing should be tested at birth and monitored per the audiologist or ENT recommendations.

Questions and Answers About Sensorineural Hearing Loss
It can be scary to receive a hearing loss diagnosis. Learn more about what sensorineural hearing loss is and how it is treated.

Deaf Children with Attention Deficit Disorder
It is hard to make a definite diagnosis of attention deficit disorder in a deaf child.

Parenting Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children
Parents with deaf or hard of hearing children in child care or daycare have special concerns.

Scholarships and Financial Aid for Deaf Students
There are many scholarships or financial aid available specifically for deaf/hard-of-hearing students or those studying interpreting or deaf education.

Deafness and Employment Discrimination
Employment discrimination in the job search can prevent deaf and hard of hearing people from being able to find employment.

How to Become a Sign Language Interpreter
How to become an interpreter for deaf and hard of hearing people.

What is Low Frequency Hearing Loss?
Causes and treatment of low-frequency hearing loss are discussed.

Deaf Baseball Player Dummy Hoy
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Deaf Art: When Pictures Are Worth a Thousand Signs
What deaf art is, and where it can be found online.

Latino Deaf People and Organizations
An Overview of the Latino deaf and hard of hearing community on the internet. Learn more about different organizations and resources.

Microtia - How to Hear Without an Ear
Microtia is a deformity of the outer ear. Learn more about what causes this condition and what treatment options are available.

Celebrities and Athletes with Hearing Loss
Discussion of celebrities and athletes with hearing loss. Included are Halle Berry, Stephen Colbert, r, Olympic athletes, and more.

What are Ear Tubes?
Ear tubes are tiny cylinders placed through the eardrum (tympanic membrane) to allow air into the middle ear. They go by several names.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Publications and News
Publications and news in the deaf and hard of hearing community.

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Can Ear Infections Lead to Permanent Hearing Loss?
Chronic conductive hearing loss has been shown to cause auditory deprivation and changes in the inner ear and auditory brain pathways.​

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community in Detroit, Michigan
An overview of what is available in Michigan for deaf and hard of hearing people and their families.

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Finding a Job as a Sign Language Interpreter
After completing training to become a sign language interpreter, the newly trained interpreter needs to find a job interpreting. Suggestions on sources of employment for interpreters.

The Speech Banana in an Audiogram
A speech banana is a banana-shaped range on an audiogram that covers the frequencies and decibels that are needed to understand speech.

Why Hearing Aids Should Be Covered by Health Insurance
Hearing impaired people whose hearing losses are not severe enough for cochlear implants must use hearing aids. The problem is, hearing aids are not usually covered by health insurance plans. Learn more about the high cost of hearing aids.

History of Gallaudet University for the Deaf
A brief look at the ongoing history of Gallaudet University.

Therapy and Mental Health Services for Deaf People
Accessible mental health services for deaf people can be difficult to find.

Musicians with Hearing Loss
Musicians are at an increased risk of hearing loss and tinnitus if they do not use hearing protection.

History of Closed Captioning for Deaf, Hard of Hearing
The history of closed captioning on television and home video.

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Handling Workplace Discrimination Against Deaf and HOH
Sometimes deaf and hard of hearing people will experience discrimination on the job based on their hearing loss. Learn how to handle that discrimination.

Is it ADHD or APD? Differences and Overlap
Children with ADHD and APD may share behaviors, but the reasons behind behaviors are different. Accurate diagnosis is essential for effective intervention.

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Making Supervisors and Co-Workers Comfortable with Deafness
Deaf and hard of hearing people often must deal with the challenge of having to make supervisors and co-workers comfortable with deafness and hearing loss.

How to Safely Remove Ear Wax
What is ear wax? Why do some people have more ear wax than others? What to try at home and when you need to see a doctor.

The Deaf Community in Germany
An overview of the deaf community in Germany. Learn about what they prefer to be called, organizations, sports, deaf websites, deaf media, and more.

Deaf Community - Germany
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Hot Weather Protection for Hearing Aids
Summertime brings heat, humidity, and wetness, all of which can be a danger to your hearing aid. Learn how to protect it during summer.

Audism Definition and How It Affects Deaf People
Audism as it is defined in the deaf culture and community. Also, read about links and resources on audism.

4 Ways Deaf and Hearing Culture are Different
Being Deaf, though, is about more than just whether or not a person can hear—it’s about being part of a community with its own history, values, and culture

Deaf African American Educator Andrew Foster
Andrew Foster is a deaf African American who started schools for the deaf in Africa.

Sign Language Basics for Beginners
Learn about sign language, its different flavors, and ways to have fun with sign language.

An Overview of Hearing Loss Due to Aging
Presbycusis, or age-related hearing loss, is discussed. Learn what it is, available treatments, and directions for research.

Healthy Habits for Better Hearing
When it comes to hearing loss, we can't change our genetics. Choose to adopt practices that contribute to healthy ears.

Hearing Aids: Digital vs. Analog - Forum
Readers discuss and compare digital and analog hearing aids, which are the primary technologies used in hearing aids.

Hearing Aids: Digital vs. Analog - Forum
Readers discuss and compare digital and analog hearing aids, which are the primary technologies used in hearing aids. Page 2.

Big D Small D in the Deaf Community
Some deaf people consider themselves to be

How to Communicate With Deaf or Hard of Hearing People
With a few simple changes to their behavior or the communication environment, hearing people can easily communicate with deaf and hard of hearing people.

Mild Hearing Loss and Its Effects
Mild hearing loss may not appear that serious but it does have a significant impact. Treatment is hearing aids, communication strategies, or assistive listening devices.

Lipreading Software and Online Resources
Lipreading software is available for use by people who want to learn how to lipread on their own.

Cochlear Implant Failure - Reimplantation Experiences
Newly implanted cochlear implants sometimes have to be removed and the patient re-implanted.

Parenting Deafblind Triplet Daughters
Profile of a family with deafblind triplet daughters.

The Positive Side and Benefits of Being Deaf
Reasons to be glad to be deaf (or, benefits of being deaf).

Poetry by Deaf and Hard of Hearing People
Poetry is a medium for expressing feelings about hearing loss.

Deaf Former Miss America Heather Whitestone McCallum
A look at the life of the first disabled woman to become Miss America. While she held the title only for one year, she has a permanent place in deaf history.

How to Become a Captioner for the Deaf
With closed captioning being mandatory, there has been increased interest in the field. Here is some information for those interested in captioning careers.

Evaluating for Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
Learn why the evaluation process and a formal diagnosis is important if you think your child has auditory processing disorder.

What Is Fluctuating Hearing Loss?
A fluctuating hearing loss is a hearing loss that seems to frequently change. Successive hearing tests may make the hearing loss seem better or worse.

Milan 1880 - An Event Has a Major Impact on Deaf Education
Milan 1880 was a historic event in deaf education that nearly led to the death of sign language.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Organizations
Index of national and international organizations for deaf and hard of hearing people that provide resources, networking opportunities, and social opportunities.

Challenges of Relationships for Deaf and Hearing People
Forum members discuss deaf and hearing relationships.

How to Include the Deaf/ Hard of Hearing in Your Classroom
Hearing teachers that find they have deaf children in their classes often need advice. These tips are from my own experience.

Where to buy hearing aid or cochlear implant batteries?
Suggested sources of hearing aid or cochlear implant batteries.

Used Hearing Aids: Can You Buy or Sell Them?
Yes, used hearing aids are legal to buy or sell, and they are cheaper than new devices. But there regulations that you need to follow.

Deaf Culture Our Way - Review of Book on Deaf Culture
Read our product review of the book titled, Deaf Culture Our Way, for pros, cons and a short description of what you can expect.

Deaf People on Television in the 1980s
The 1980s could be considered the

Ear Wax Buildup With Hearing Aids
Wearing hearing aids or using an earmold can create a buildup of ear wax and lead to other problems.

Where Can I Find Social Calendars for Deaf Events?
It can be difficult to keep track of all the social and professional events in the deaf community. This FAQ page refers resources for finding and tracking deaf community events.

Hard of Hearing and Deaf People Using Assistive Listening Devices
Assistive listening devices (ALDs) help hard of hearing and deaf people to carry out daily living functions, from waking up to going to meetings.

Jonah Syndrome - Needs of Deaf People Are Ignored
Sometimes the hearing world is inconsiderate of the needs of deaf and hard of hearing people even when something is deaf-related.

Rush Limbaugh's Sudden Hearing Loss Explained
The radio talk show host's experience with sudden hearing loss is not unique. In his case, it was due to autoimmune inner ear disease.

Balance Problems for People With Hearing Loss (Deafness)
Balance problems are common among people with hearing loss.

Martha's Vineyard and Its Importance in Deaf History
Martha's Vineyard island was a place where it was normal to be deaf.

Deaf, Not Retarded
Deaf people were frequently misdiagnosed as retarded and institutionalized, with disastrous consequences. This page talks about the present-day misdiagnosis of deaf children. Page 2.

Segregation in Deaf Schools
Segregation was a fact of deaf school life from the nineteenth century well into the twentieth century.

Deaf People Parenting Hearing Children
Resources for deaf people parenting hearing children.

American Sign Language Classes
There are many ways to find training in sign language, including online. Here are general descriptions of the types of classes, and a few helpful links.

Deaf People in International Communities
Articles about deaf communities in various countries around the world, including South Africa, Australia, and China.

Buying Disposable Hearing Aids Through a Subscription
Traditional hearing aids cost thousands of dollars. For those with mild or moderate hearing loss, there is an alternative - disposable hearing aids.

Cancer Treatment and Hearing Loss
People are living longer following cancer, creating a need to treat the quality of life side-effect of hearing loss due to chemotherapy, radiation, and other ototoxic medications.

Cholesteatoma: How Does It Cause Hearing Loss?
A cholesteatoma is a skin growth in the middle ear behind the eardrum that can cause hearing loss if left untreated. Learn the signs and symptoms.

Ear Candles: Ineffective and Unsafe
Ear candles are ineffective and dangerous. Studies show they do not work and have the potential for causing serious injury.

Learning Sign Language: The Challenges of Learning ASL
Is it too hard to learn sign language? Personal challenges in learning sign language, the opinions of other people, and articles on the difficulty of learning sign language.

Deaf Mexicans - Deaf People in Mexico
Mexico's deaf community, with schools, organizations, and more.

Hereditary Deafness as a Cause of Hearing Loss
Genetics and hearing loss and resources for more information including websites, books, and organizations doing research.

Audiology Hearing Tests - ABR Versus OAE
Auditory brainstem response (ABR) and otoacoustic emissions testing (OAE) are compared in this article.

People and Events in Deaf History
Different aspects of deaf history and heritage, such as the Deaf President Now movement, and the history of cochlear implants.

Selected Deafness Articles in a Timeline
Selected articles at About Deafness/HOH, organized in a timeline.

Microtia - Microtia as a Cause of Hearing Loss and Deafness
Microtia is a deformity of the ear that causes hearing loss.

Cochlear Implant Auditory Training Therapy
The real work begins after receiving a cochlear implant. Rehabilitation therapy is necessary to get the most benefit from an implant.

Effectiveness and Risks of Ear Tubes for Hearing Loss
Are ear tubes effective for battling hearing loss due to fluid? Do the risks justify getting ear tubes?

Movies and Films About Deafness and Deaf People
These are the best movies about deafness that I have seen, or that are recommended by our Deafness visitors.

Historic and Contemporary Deaf People in Photography
Deaf people have dabbled in or worked as professional photographers for decades. A brief look at three deaf photographers in history and in contemporary times.

Making Deaf Friends - How to Make Deaf Friends
Relationships, social interaction, and making friends in the deaf community.

About the 'I Love You Sign' in Sign Language
The I Love You handshape, perhaps the most recognized sign.

Growing Up as a Hearing Child of Deaf Parents
What is it like to grow up as the hearing child of deaf parents? Here is one adult's experience.

Reasons for Learning Sign Language
Why learn sign language was discussed by forum members.

Sign Language Games and Puzzles
Games and puzzles, in books, board games, and online games for learning and practicing sign language either alone or with friends.

Desperately Seeking...Analog Hearing Aids
An e-mail received from one of our visitors gives a clear explanation of why digital hearing aids are not for everyone.

Deaflympics - International Sports Competition, Deaflympics
Profile of the Deaflympics, formerly the World Games for the Deaf.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in Sign Language Interpreters
Sign language interpreting is a profession that carries a risk of carpal tunnel syndrome, or other repetitive motion injuries.

Training Your Own Dog as a Hearing Dog
Deaf people who have dogs can get their own dogs trained as hearing dogs.

Appearance on Survivor TV Show by Christy Smith
A young, deaf graduate of Gallaudet University, Christy Smith competed on the Survivor CBS reality TV show,

Ear Cleaning: Wax Treatment and Removal
Got wax? Learn about ear cleaning and ways of removing deep (impacted) wax, which may cause ear pain, dizziness, discharge, or hearing loss.

Cytomegalovirus - Hearing Loss Caused by Cytomegalovirus
Congenital cytomegalovirus is known to cause hearing loss.

Top Hearing Aid Manufacturers
There are many hearing aid companies to choose from; some of the major hearing aid companies are listed here.

Interview With Deaf Actor Sean Berdy
Deaf actor Sean Berdy stars as Emmett on the ABC Family/Freeform show

List: Colleges for the Deaf
Learn about the major colleges for the deaf and partially deaf in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Japan.

What Are Some Career Options for Using Sign Language?
Learn about American Sign Language (ASL) and jobs that use sign language. such as those in the fields of education, health, government and recreation.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community on Facebook
Top deaf-related groups on Facebook with total membership of 500 or more.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community on Facebook
Top deaf-related groups on Facebook with total membership of 500 or more.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community on Facebook
Top deaf-related groups on Facebook with total membership of 500 or more.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community on Facebook
Top deaf-related groups on Facebook with total membership of 500 or more.

Getting Tutoring for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People
How to get tutoring services for deaf and hard of hearing students.

Getting Tutoring for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students
How to get tutoring services for deaf and hard of hearing students. Page 2.

Getting Tutoring for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students
Read about how to get tutoring services for deaf students, including vocational rehabilitation, postsecondary institutions, accommodations from employers, and private tutoring centers. Page 3.

Dealing With Work and Being Deaf
Deaf and hard of hearing people may experience discrimination, both before and after finding employment.

Workplace Harassment - Deaf People Harassed on the Job
Some deaf and hard of hearing people face harassment on the job from supervisors and coworkers. What can they do?

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American Sign Language Signs for Winter
Here are photos that describe winter-related signs in American Sign Language. It may be different where you live, because of sign language dialects.

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When do I Need a Hearing Test?
Recommendations from birth through adulthood for when hearing should be evaluated. Early identification and treatment of hearing loss is essential for good communication.

Being Deaf-Blind and Learning About Deaf-Blindness
What is it like to be deaf-blind, and what are some of the challenges faced by deaf-blind people, especially children?

Communication Access Realtime Translation - CART for Deaf
An increasingly popular alternative to an interpreter is the use of CART, or Computer Assisted Realtime Translation.

What is an Audiologist?
What is an audiologist? What is the difference between an audiologist and hearing aid dispenser? What is the difference between an audiologist and ENT? How to find an audiologist.

Using Sign Language and Voice for Total Communication
Total communication, or simultaneous communication, combines sign language and voice educational options for the deaf and hard of hearing.

American Sign Language: A Sign for Your Personal Name?
How does one come up with a personal name in ASL? Deaf community members respond. Some say the community has to give you one. Others offer examples.

Using Baby Sign Language With Your Baby
Signing with babies, whether hearing or deaf, has proven to be beneficial.

TypeWell - Speech to Text Transcription for Deaf Students Via TypeWell
TypeWell is a speech to text transcription service for deaf and hard of hearing students. Page 2.

Mumps and Deafness (An Effect of the Virus)
Mumps effects include deafness. Although the mumps have largely been reduced, the virus still exists.

Top Toys That Can Cause Hearing Loss
Before you go shopping, check the list for the top toys noisy enough to damage your child's hearing.

Learning Through Sign Language Books
Top sign language books and dictionaries from our Expert on deafness.

What Are Good Children's Books About Deafness
Top children's books about deafness, from your About.com Guide

What Causes Hearing Loss and Deafness in Children?
A breakdown of the causes of hearing loss according to a 2004-2005 Gallaudet Research Institute survey. The cause was unknown in more than half the cases.

Making Homes Accessible for Deaf Hard of Hearing People
How do deaf and hard of hearing people make their homes accessible? They do it through various technological means.

Literacy Resources for Teaching Deaf Children English
Literacy resources for teaching deaf children how to read and write.

5 Things to Know Before Buying Hearing Aids
What to know before buying that first set of hearing aids. Questions to ask, how to find a reputable provider and brand.

Late Deafened Woman Goes Through All Stages of Hearing Loss
A late deafened woman has experienced being hearing, hard of hearing and finally deaf. Read an interview with Pat Carter about losing her hearing from cancer treatments.

Using Relay Services for the Deaf
Learn from this quick-reading overview of communications relay services, including Internet-based services, for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Interview with Deaf Actress Marlee Matlin
An interview with Marlee Matlin, an actress who is deaf.

How Treating Hearing Loss will Improve Your New Year
Treating hearing loss improves relationships, translates into better job opportunities and earnings and may reduce cognitive decline.

Sudden Hearing Loss - A Medical Emergency
A sudden hearing loss is a medical emergency. Treatment needs to be started as soon as possible for the best chances of hearing recovery. Imaging studies, hearing evaluation and monitoring, and medical treatment are all part of a treatment plan.

Stories and Poetry by Deaf and Hard of Hearing People
Stories, poems, and autobiographies by About Deafness visitors.

How to Help Frustrated Deaf Children
Deaf and hard-of-hearing children who can not understand family members or communicate with them can become very frustrated and act out.

How to Interpret an Audiogram From a Hearing Test
How to understand the audiogram you get after a hearing test.

How to Communicate with Deaf and Hard of Hearing People
Communicating with deaf and hard of hearing people involves more than just sign language as an option.

Halloween Words in Sign Language
Signs for words commonly associated with Halloween.

Sign Language Interpreter Jack Jason Marlee Matlin
Jack Jason's career has grown right alongside that of Marlee Matlin, whom he interprets for and works with as a business partner.

Find a Sign Language Dictionary Online
Do you need to know how to

Sign Language for Christian and Jewish Religions
Resources for religious sign language and songs or prayers, Christian and Jewish.

Sign Languages Used in Spanish Speaking Countries
Spanish speaking countries such as Mexico have their own Spanish sign languages.

Spanish Sign Language
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Cochlear Implant Success - Defining Success with a Cochlear Implant
How is success with a cochlear implant defined? There is no hard and fast rule. Our readers discuss their own personal definitions of success with a cochlear implant.

Sex in Sign Language - ASL Sexuality Vocabulary
Learn how to talk about sex in sign language. These resources will teach you more about ASL sexual vocabulary and human sexuality signs.

How We Hear - Anatomy of the Ear
Frequently asked questions about the basics of the ear.

Schools for the Deaf in the United States
Schools for the deaf and hard of hearing in the United States.

Herpes Simplex - Rare Cause of Hearing Loss
Herpes simplex is a virus that can cause hearing loss in newborns and in adults.

Book Review of Marlee Matlin Autobiography- I'll Scream Later
Guide review of Marlee Matlin's autobiographical book,

Hearing Aids - Care and Maintenance
How do I take care of my hearing aids? Questions and answers about basic care and cleaning for your hearing aids to ensure maximum performance and longevity of the instruments.

How To Donate Used Hearing Aids
What to do with used or unwanted hearing aids. Information on donation programs with domestic and international objectives.

Sex Education Resources for Deaf Students
Sexuality and sex education resources for deaf students.

Deaf Health - Drug and Substance Abuse - Deaf People
Resources for education and treatment for substance abuse for deaf and hard of hearing people

Deafness and Drug Abuse
Resources for education and treatment for substance abuse for deaf and hard of hearing people. This page describes an alcohol and addictions course from Gallaudet University. Page 2.

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Types and Degrees of Deafness and Hearing Loss
Understanding the type and degree of hearing loss you or your child may have.

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