Deafness: Most Popular Articles
How much salary does a sign language interpreter earn? It depends.
Got wax? Learn about removing ear wax and ways of treating the deep wax that may impact your hearing.
Two of the most respected actresses in the deaf community, Phyllis Frelich and Linda Bove.
How to become an interpreter for deaf and hard of hearing people.
Articles on well-known figures in the deaf/hard of hearing community both contemporary and past.
Forum members answer a question about the use of sign names.
Learn about careers that use sign language.
Books for teaching sign language to your baby.
Milan 1880 was a historic event in deaf education that nearly led to the death of sign language.
Low frequency hearing loss is defined, along with its causes, how common it is, and treatment.
Sources of sign language words for common human sexuality terms.
Hearing loss in the higher frequencies, its causes, preventing, and managing it.
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.
Martha's Vineyard island was a place where it was normal to be deaf.
Do you need to know how to sign a word? Check a sign language dictionary online.
Index of articles on causes of deafness and hearing loss.
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.
An increasingly popular alternative to an interpreter is the use of CART, or Computer Assisted Realtime Translation.
Interview with Sean Berdy, a deaf actor who plays Emmett on the ABC Family show Switched at Birth.
Forum members answer a question about sign language games for learning sign language.
Heather Whitestone was the first crowned deaf Miss America. While she only held the title for one year, she has a permanent place in deaf history.
Total communication, or simultaneous communication, is a popular communication and educational option for deaf and hard of hearing.
If a deaf person loses a job, one option is to apply for Social Security Disability Income (SSDI).
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Audism as it is defined in the deaf community, and resources on audism.
Colleges and universities just for deaf and hard of hearing students.
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.
Resources for learning more about laws and legislation that affects deaf and hard of hearing people.
Top sign language books and dictionaries, from your About.com Guide.
How to find a sign language class in your area.
Poetry is a medium for expressing feelings about hearing loss.
What to do with used or unwanted hearing aids. Information on donation programs with domestic and international objectives.
ABC stories are a fun way to express and practice the sign alphabet.
Who was the Frenchman Abbe Charles Michel De L'Epee and what is his role in deaf educational history and sign language?
Alexander Graham Bell and his connection to the deaf community.
Profile of a family with deafblind triplet daughters.
Ototoxic drugs can cause hearing loss, both temporary and permanent.
What the law says about deaf people and interpreters for doctors, dentists, and hospitals.
The I Love You handshape, perhaps the most recognized sign.
The deaf community in America has its own unique culture of art, theater, writing, and more.
Can used hearing aids be bought and sold? Where can you buy them?
Meniere's disease is a common disorder of dizziness and hearing loss.
A comparison of internet relay services for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Mild hearing loss may not appear that serious, but it does have its effects.
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How to care for hearing aids properly.
Do deaf people consider themselves to be disabled or only deaf? Forum members debate the question.
Interview with Deanne Bray-Kotsur, who had starred in Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye.
Sign language for the Easter holiday.
Sudden hearing loss has affected Rush Limbaugh.
With captioning being mandatory, there has been increased interest in the captioning field. Information and resources for hearing people interested in careers in captioning.
Learn about ear wax and the problems it can cause, and also about ear wax removal.
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.
What happens in a cochlear implant surgery.
Meningitis a dangerous illness that can strike at any age, and victims that survive often suffer hearing loss.
Deanne Bray, a deaf actress, stars in Sue Thomas, F.B.Eye, on the Pax channel.
Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, can cause discomfort, but it is treatable.
There are two types of views of deafness - the pathological and the cultural.
More people lose their hearing suddenly than you might think.
How to understand the audiogram you get after a hearing test.
Many people don't know what the difference between deaf and hard of hearing is. The truth is, there isn't really that much of a difference!
There are many scholarships or financial aid available specifically for deaf/hard-of-hearing students or those studying interpreting or deaf education.
Resources on attention deficit disorder and deafness.
Careers for hearing people wanting to work with deaf people.
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.
Curtis Pride, a professional and minor league baseball player, happens to be deaf.
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, is an invaluable communications tool for deaf and hard of hearing people.
Hearing loss in children is caused by many things. These are the top known causes of deafness and hearing loss.
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Newly implanted cochlear implants sometimes have to be removed and the patient re-implanted.
Different aspects of deaf history and heritage, such as the Deaf President Now movement, and the history of cochlear implants.
Resources for finding jobs in the deaf community.
South Africa has a well-established deaf community, well-served by schools, organizations, service agencies, and more.
Spanish speaking countries such as Mexico have their own Spanish sign languages.
Lou Ferrigno, a hard of hearing actor and bodybuilder.
Thomas H. Gallaudet is the father of deaf education in the United States.
Forum members answer a question about sign language games for learning sign language. Page 3.
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.
About deaf speech and what it sounds like, plus the impact of speech intelligibility on deaf children.
Hearing aid batteries are the topic of this interview.
Hearing aid batteries need to be disposed of safely, and recycled.
Deafness and hearing loss topics, ranging from sign language to causes of hearing loss.
Pidgin Sign(ed) English is a form of sign language that is between ASL and English.
Music can be enjoyed by and plays an important role in education for deaf people.
Some deaf children are also autistic.
Looking for a sign? Check out this A-Z reference guide for the signs to words and phrases.
Finding an interpreter to hire can be challenging. Here is a list of interpreting directories and sources for lists of interpreting service agencies.
Deafness information for India, including schools and nongovernmental organizations.
Thomas Alva Edison not only was a great inventor, he was hearing impaired too.
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Herpes simplex is a known, rare cause of hearing loss.
Dummy Hoy was a deaf baseball player who may belong in the Hall of Fame.
Learn about progressive hearing loss, which is when hearing becomes worse over time due to a variety of causes.
Resources for deaf people parenting hearing children.
Laurent Clerc is one of the most-honored deaf men in history. Learn how he brought deaf education to America.
Deaf theatre past and present, education in deaf theatre, resources on deaf theatre, and deaf playwrights.
Profile of Dr. William C. Stokoe, Jr. whose research proved sign language is a true language.
Veterans and hearing loss - what help is available for them? Page 2.
Advances in genetics have enabled scientists to identify genes that cause hearing loss. The hearing loss occurs from a mutation in the inner ear.
Deaf History Month is a month that celebrates key events in deaf history.
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.
Cochlear implants are surgically-implanted tools that can restore some hearing for many deaf people; however, they are not not a cure for deafness.
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.
Why learn sign language was discussed by forum members.
Auslan is the sign language of Australia. Resources for learning Auslan.
Auditory brainstem response (ABR) and otoacoustic emissions testing (OAE) are compared in this article.
A look at one form of communication and instruction, the use of Signing Exact English.
Stories, poems, and autobiographies by About Deafness visitors.
Deaf people have appeared on television since the 1950s.
History of sign language. Deafness.
Deaf peddling used to be a common thing; thankfully it is not anymore.
One of the most interesting aspects of the deaf community is the presence of people who are deaf of deaf, and multigenerational deaf families.
C.J. Jones has a long record as an deaf and African-American actor/comedian.
Articles on employment within the deaf and hard of hearing community.
The most popular cochlear implant articles at About.com: Deafness.
Actress Marlee Matlin, Academy Award-winning actress and star of the 2008 cast of Dancing With the Stars, is perhaps one of the more well-known deaf individuals. Read more about Marlee Matlin.
Andrew Foster is a deaf African American who started schools for the deaf in Africa.
A brief look at the ongoing history of Gallaudet University.
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.
Before you get hearing aids, you need to learn about different types of hearing aids, financing, care, and more.
These are the best movies about deafness that I have seen, or that are recommended by About.com: Deafness visitors.
ASL poetry is the telling of poems, usually original poems, in sign language.
Autoimmune inner ear disease is one of the lesser known causes of hearing loss.
China has a large deaf population, plenty of schools, does research, and more.
Insurance coverage for hearing aids, or the lack thereof.
What is an audiologist? What is the difference between an audiologist and hearing aid dispenser? What is the difference between an audiologist and ENT?
Frequently asked questions about the basics of the ear
The deaf and hard of hearing gay community.
A hearing loss that goes up and down is called a fluctuating hearing loss.
The history of closed captioning on television and home video.
Balance problems are common among people with hearing loss.
Games and puzzles, in books, board games, and online games for learning and practicing sign language either alone or with friends.
The reality of a deaf-hearing marriage.
Selected articles at About Deafness/HOH, organized in a timeline.
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.
Examples of how to sign words related to food.
Waardenburg syndrome can cause hearing loss, and several other symptoms as well.
Mumps effects include deafness. Although the mumps have largely been reduced, the virus still exists.
Wearing hearing aids or using an earmold can create a buildup of ear wax and lead to other problems.
Deaf African American/black people.
Profile of the famous deaf sculptor Douglas Tilden.
A look at the career of a deaf professional football player named Kenny Walker.
Profile of Terrylene, a deaf actress.
Learn about sign language, its different flavors, and ways to have fun with sign language.
Profile of Rexton, a brand of hearing aids manufactured by Siemens.
Laura Bridgman and Julia Brace, two deafblind girls, preceded Helen Keller.
A look at the career of Louis Frisino, a deaf artist.
Sometimes the hearing world is inconsiderate of the needs of deaf and hard of hearing people even when something is deaf-related.