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Hearing Loss: Most Popular Articles

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What's the Safest Way to Remove Ear Wax?
Got wax? Learn about removing ear wax and ways of treating the deep wax that may impact your hearing.
What's the Salary of a Sign Language Interpreter?
How much salary does a sign language interpreter earn? It depends.
Do You Want to Become a Sign Language...
How to become an interpreter for deaf and hard of hearing people.
How Do You Make a Sign Name for Your Personal...
How does one come up with a personal name in ASL? Deaf forum members respond. Some say the community has to give you one. Others offer examples.
Meet the 'Deaf James Dean,' Actor Sean Berdy
Interview with Sean Berdy, a deaf actor who plays Emmett on the ABC Family show Switched at Birth.
Top 23 Hearing Aid Manufacturers
Companies that manufacture hearing aids. Most companies make digital hearing aids, and a few still make analog or body worn hearing aids. Still others make hearing aids that can resist water and sweat.
Do's and Don't to Remove Ear Wax Safely
Do's and Don'ts to remove ear wax safely. What to try at home and when you need to see a doctor.
10 Great Sign Language Dictionary Websites
Do you need to know how to sign a word? Check a sign language dictionary online.
How to Tell if You Have High-Frequency Hearing...
Hearing loss in the higher frequencies: What causes it, how it can be prevented, how it can be managed.
What Is Low Frequency Hearing Loss and What...
Low frequency hearing loss is defined, along with its causes, how common it is, and treatment.
What’s the Best Career for Using Sign...
Learn about jobs that use sign language, including those in the fields of education, health, government and recreation.
49 Famous and Historic Deaf (and Hearing) People
Articles on well-known figures in the deaf/hard of hearing community both contemporary and past.
Evaluating for APD
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Buying and Selling Used Hearing Aids
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.
How to Communicate About Intimacy in Sign...
Sources of sign language words for common human sexuality terms.
What Is a Communication Access Realtime...
An increasingly popular alternative to an interpreter is the use of CART, or Computer Assisted Realtime Translation.
Can You Donate Used Hearing Aids?
What to do with used or unwanted hearing aids. Information on donation programs with domestic and international objectives.
Deaf Education - Colleges for the Deaf
Colleges and universities just for deaf and hard of hearing students.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Hearing Loss?
Index of articles on causes of deafness and hearing loss.
Gallaudet Murders Arrest
Joseph Mesa Gallaudet University deaf hard of hearing murders
Where Can You Learn Sign Language?
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.
How to Make the ‘I Love You’ Sign...
The I Love You handshape, perhaps the most recognized sign.
Social Security Disability Income for Deaf People
If a deaf person loses a job, one option is to apply for Social Security Disability Income (SSDI).
Internet Relay Services
A comparison of internet relay services for the deaf and hard of hearing.
The Inspiring Story Behind Helen Keller
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.
Jobs - Employment Resources in the Deaf Community
Resources for finding jobs in the deaf community.
When Sound Hurts
Why some children are so sensitive to sound and how to treat this condition.
Deaf History - Martha's Vineyard
Martha's Vineyard island was a place where it was normal to be deaf.
Christy Smith, Deaf 'Survivor'
Christy Smith, a deaf woman, was on the 'Survivor' reality show.
What Is Tinnitus and What Causes It?
Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, can cause discomfort, but it is treatable.
How Hard Is It to Learn Sign Language?
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.
Sign Language - Signing Games
Can you use games to teach hearing people how to sign? Deaf Forum members respond, with examples.
Hearing Loss - Mild
Mild hearing loss may not appear that serious, but it does have its effects.
Cochlear Implant Surgery
What happens in a cochlear implant surgery.
Financial Aid for Hearing Aids and Cochlear...
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.
Cause of Hearing Loss: Meniere's Disease
Meniere's disease is a common disorder of dizziness and hearing loss.
Cholesteatoma Causes, Diagnosis, and Treatment
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.
Jobs - Careers for Hearing People in Deafness
A list of jobs for hearing people who want to be involved in the deaf community, including interpreting, social work, teaching, finance, and more.
Sign Language Interpreters at Doctors,...
What the law says about deaf people and interpreters for doctors, dentists, and hospitals.
Cause of Hearing Loss - Connexin 26
Advances in genetics have enabled scientists to identify genes that cause hearing loss. The hearing loss occurs from a mutation in the inner ear.
Cause of Hearing Loss: Meningitis
Meningitis a dangerous illness that can strike at any age, and victims that survive often suffer hearing loss.
Problems With and Removing Ear Wax
Learn about ear wax and the problems it can cause, and also about ear wax removal.
How can I interpret my audiogram after a...
How to understand the audiogram you get after a hearing test.
Deaf Culture - Big D Small D
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Deanne Bray-Kotsur - Sue Thomas F.B.Eye Actress
Interview with Deanne Bray-Kotsur, who had starred in Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye.
Ear Wax and Hearing Aids
Wearing hearing aids or using an earmold can create a buildup of ear wax and lead to other problems.
Cause of Hearing Loss - Sudden Deafness
More people lose their hearing suddenly than you might think.
Cause - Sudden Hearing Loss - Rush Limbaugh
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.
Can Ototoxic Drugs Cause Hearing Loss?
Ototoxic drugs can cause hearing loss, both temporary and permanent.
Jobs - How to Become a Captioner
With closed captioning being mandatory, there has been increased interest in the field. Here is some information for those interested in captioning careers.
Music in the Ear - When Deaf People Hear Songs...
Sometimes deaf people, particularly older deaf people, will hear music in their heads. This can cause them to question their sanity, but it is only musical ear syndrome.
Progressive Hearing Loss
Learn about progressive hearing loss, which is when hearing becomes worse over time due to a variety of causes.
Top 10 Books for Learning Sign Language
Top sign language books and dictionaries, from your About.com Guide.
How Can You Properly Take Care of Your Hearing...
How to care for hearing aids properly.
Did You Know That Sign Language Was Almost...
Milan 1880 was a historic event in deaf education that nearly led to the death of sign language.
Deafness and Balance Problems
Balance problems are common among people with hearing loss.
Education - Scholarships and Financial Aid for...
There are many scholarships or financial aid available specifically for deaf/hard-of-hearing students or those studying interpreting or deaf education.
What Does Deaf Speech Sound Like?
About deaf speech and what it sounds like, plus the impact of speech intelligibility on deaf children.
Sign Language Alphabet
Fingerspell the letter G. Deafness. Page 7.
The Story Behind Deafblind Triplet Daughters
Profile of a family with deafblind triplet daughters.
Hearing Loss - Communicate with Deaf or Hard of...
With a few simple changes to their behavior or the communication environment, hearing people can easily communicate with deaf and hard of hearing people.
Lipreading (or Speechreading)
Lipreading, or speechreading, is an invaluable communications tool for deaf and hard of hearing people.
Deaf Parents with Hearing Children
Resources for deaf people parenting hearing children.
Hearing Loss - Types, Degrees
Understanding the type and degree of hearing loss you or your child may have.
Deaf Community - New York City
The Deaf and Hard of Hearing community of the New York City area, and the social opportunities, social services, interpreting agencies and captioning services in the New York City area.
Deaf People in Prison
Deaf people in prison, and a deaf prison ministry network.
Deaf or Hard of Hearing? What's the Difference?
How to categorize an individual's hearing loss is not simple, and depends on what definition you use -- medical, functional, cultural or psychological.
Using Sign Language and Voice for Total...
Total communication, or simultaneous communication, is a popular communication and educational option for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Audiology - ABR versus OAE
Auditory brainstem response (ABR) and otoacoustic emissions testing (OAE) are compared in this article.
Cochlear Implant
Suggestions and guidelines for people considering a cochlear implant for themselves, or for their children.
Deaf Culture - Television Programming for the...
Television shows and internet video for the deaf and hard of hearing, usually in sign language with captions.
Common Questions About Hearing Aid Batteries
Hearing aid batteries are the topic of this interview.
Using Baby Sign Language with Your Baby
Signing with babies, whether hearing or deaf, has proven to be beneficial.
Cause of Hearing Loss - Autoimmune Inner Ear...
Autoimmune inner ear disease is one of the lesser known causes of hearing loss.
Cochlear Implant Failure - Reimplantation and...
Newly implanted cochlear implants sometimes have to be removed and the patient re-implanted.
Recycling Hearing Aid Batteries
Hearing aid batteries need to be disposed of safely, and recycled.
Sign Language - Sign Language in Spanish...
Spanish speaking countries such as Mexico have their own Spanish sign languages.
Law, Legal Rights, and Deaf/Hard of Hearing...
Resources for learning more about laws and legislation that affects deaf and hard of hearing people.
Learn Hundreds of Sign Language Words with This...
Looking for a sign? Check out this A-Z reference guide for the signs to words and phrases.
Hearing Aids - Insurance for Hearing Aids
Insurance coverage for hearing aids, or the lack thereof.
6 Reasons People Don't Get Hearing Aids - and...
There are many reasons people with hearing loss do not purchase hearing aids. This article looks at common reasons and how to address these concerns.
Sign Language - Nonverbal Users
Sign language is not just for deaf and hard of hearing children and adults. There are categories of hearing children and adults who use sign language, including children with Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, aphasia, and autism, and adults with stroke.
Fluctuating Hearing Loss
A hearing loss that goes up and down is called a fluctuating hearing loss.
Cause of Hearing Loss - Temporomandibular Joint...
One of the lesser known causes of hearing loss,TMJ is a disorder that involves the misalignment of the jaw.
Deaf History - Deaf Peddlers
Deaf peddling used to be a common thing; thankfully it is not anymore.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Gay Community
The deaf and hard of hearing gay community.
Deaf Culture - Audism
Audism as it is defined in the deaf community, and resources on audism.
Board Games for Listening and Learning
Board games are an inexpensive way to bring families together while building skills necessary for improving memory, attention, and auditory processing speed.
Hearing Aids and iPhone are a perfect match
Hearing aids that are compatible with free iPhone apps allow users more flexibility, better hearing in noise, and the ability to adjust their own hearing aids for the sound quality they desire.
Deaf and Music
Music can be enjoyed by and plays an important role in education for deaf people.
Lipreading Software
Lipreading software is available for use by people who want to learn how to lipread on their own.
Sign Language Interpreting for the Deaf and...
Articles about interpreters and interpreting for the deaf.
Hearing Aids - Too Expensive?
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.
How do I find a job as a sign language...
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.
Australian Sign Language - Auslan
Auslan is the sign language of Australia. Resources for learning Auslan.
Sign Language - Learning and Using Sign Language
A collection of articles about sign language.
Articles - National and International Deaf and...
National and international organizations for deaf and hard of hearing people.
Presbycusis: Age-Related Hearing Loss
Hearing loss due to aging is known as presbycusis.
Deaf Culture - Deaf? Disabled? Both?
Do deaf people consider themselves to be disabled or only deaf? In this open forum debate, an overview of deaf culture.
Sign Language Basics
Learn about sign language, its different flavors, and ways to have fun with sign language.
Late Deafened - Denial of Hearing Loss
Both older people and younger ones may deny that they have a hearing loss when they begin to lose hearing.
Deaf Community - South Africa
South Africa has a well-established deaf community, well-served by schools, organizations, service agencies, and more.
Sign Language Interpreter Jack Jason
Jack Jason's career has grown right alongside that of Marlee Matlin, whom he interprets for and works with as a business partner.
Deaf-Hearing Marriage
The reality of a deaf-hearing marriage.
Veterans and Hearing Loss
Veterans and hearing loss - what help is available for them? Page 2.
Herpes Simplex and Hearing Loss
Herpes simplex is a known, rare cause of hearing loss.
FM Listening Systems
FM systems are an essential educational listening tool for deaf and hard of hearing children.
Health - Mental Health Services - Deaf
Accessible mental health services for deaf people can be difficult to find.
People - Alexander Graham Bell and Deafness
Alexander Graham Bell and his connection to the deaf community.
Jobs - Career Choices - Work in Deaf World or...
Deaf people choose whether to work in the deaf world or the hearing world.
Discuss Helen Keller
Forum members discuss that inspirational deafblind woman, Helen Keller.
People - Lou Ferrigno - Hard of Hearing Actor
Lou Ferrigno, a hard of hearing actor and bodybuilder.
Marlee Matlin - An Interview with Marlee Matlin
An interview with Marlee Matlin, an actress who is deaf.
Sign Language - Letters K through T
Fingerspell the letter Q. Deafness. Page 7.
Hearing Loss and Children - Top Causes of...
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.
Children's Sign Language Books
The top children's sign language books, for young and elementary school-aged children.
Deaf Culture - Deaf Community Acceptance
Forum members discuss being accepted by the Deaf community.
How Do You Sign Popular Christmas Songs?
Sign language translations of Christmas songs and carols.
Work and Being Deaf
Articles on employment within the deaf and hard of hearing community.
Mumps Can Lead to Deafness
Mumps effects include deafness. Although the mumps have largely been reduced, the virus still exists.
A Brief Biography of 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.
See If Your Baby Has a Hearing Loss
Does your baby have a hearing loss? Here are some suggestions for checking to see if your baby has a hearing loss.
Hearing Aids for Hearing Loss
Hearing aids, what they are and facts about hearing aids plus tips for living with hearing aids when you have a hearing loss.
Why Don't Some Hearing Parents of Deaf Children...
About Deafness/HOH forum members discuss why some hearing parents do not or will not learn sign language to communicate with their deaf children who use sign language.
Deaf Community - Los Angeles
A look at the deaf community of Los Angeles, California.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community in Houston,...
Are you a deaf or hard of hearing person living in or are you thinking of, moving to Houston, Texas? Read an overview of the deaf and hard of hearing community in Houston, Texas.
People - Vinton Cerf
Vinton Cerf is known as the 'father of the internet' and he is hard of hearing.
Deaf Community - Travel in the Deaf Community
Travel with a deaf flavor. Deafness.
Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss
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Growing Up a Child of Deaf Parents
What is it like to grow up as the hearing child of deaf parents? Here is one adult's experience.
Deaf Culture Basics
The deaf community in America has its own unique culture of art, theater, writing, and more.
Jobs - Vocational Rehabilitation and State...
Vocational rehabilitation and state services for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Sign Language Interpreters - Interpreter...
Finding an interpreter to hire can be challenging. Here is a list of interpreting directories, state by state.
Sign Language for Christian and Jewish Religions
Resources for religious sign language and songs or prayers, Christian and Jewish.
Deafness and Hearing Loss
Deafness and hearing loss topics, ranging from sign language to causes of hearing loss.
Cause of Hearing Loss - Congenital Cytomegalovi...
Congenital cytomegalovirus is known to cause hearing loss.
Can You Test Your Hearing Online?
Hearing tests are available online and can be used as a way for you to initially gauge whether you have a hearing loss.
People - Thomas Alva Edison - Hearing Impaired...
Thomas Alva Edison not only was a great inventor, he was hearing impaired too.
Deaf Community - India
Deafness information for India, including schools and nongovernmental organizations.
Sign Language - Signs of Crime
In a crime emergency, how can the police communicate with deaf and hard of hearing people? A list of common crime words and signs for them, plus resources on the web to assist police departments.
Profile of Oticon
Profile of Oticon, a hearing aid manufacturer
Sign Language - Why Learn Sign
Why learn sign language was discussed by forum members.
Sign Language - Common Hand Gestures and...
Are common hand gestures used by hearing people also found in ASL?
How Do We Hear?
Frequently asked questions about the basics of the ear.
Jobs - Information on Deafness for Employers
Information on deafness for employers, including the hiring process and on the job accomodation.
Hearing Aids - Digital Technology versus Analog...
Readers discuss and compare digital and analog hearing aids, which are the primary technologies used in hearing aids.
Workplace Harassment of Deaf and Hard of...
Some deaf and hard of hearing people face harassment on the job from supervisors and coworkers. What can they do?
Waardenburg Syndrome
Waardenburg syndrome can cause hearing loss, and several other symptoms as well.
Sign Language - PSE
Pidgin Sign(ed) English is a form of sign language that is between ASL and English.
The Top 10 Places to Get Sign Language...
The most popular sign language articles at About.com:Deafness.
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