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Hearing Loss: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
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.
Evaluating for APD
auditory processing disorder APD problems listening
49 Famous and Historic Deaf (and Hearing) People
Articles on well-known figures in the deaf/hard of hearing community both contemporary and past.
Deaf Culture - Big D Small D
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10 Great Sign Language Dictionary Websites
Do you need to know how to sign a word? Check a sign language dictionary online.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What Is Low Frequency Hearing Loss and What...
Low frequency hearing loss is defined, along with its causes, how common it is, and treatment.
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.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Hearing Loss?
Index of articles on causes of deafness and hearing loss.
Sign Language - Signing Games
Can you use games to teach hearing people how to sign? Deaf Forum members respond, with examples.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Make the ‘I Love You’ Sign...
The I Love You handshape, perhaps the most recognized sign.
Can You Donate Used Hearing Aids?
What to do with used or unwanted hearing aids. Information on donation programs with domestic and international objectives.
Mumps Can Lead to Deafness
Mumps effects include deafness. Although the mumps have largely been reduced, the virus still exists.
Deaf Education Pioneer - Abbe Charles Michel De...
Who was the Frenchman Abbe Charles Michel De L'Epee and what is his role in deaf educational history and sign language?
What Is a Communication Access Realtime...
An increasingly popular alternative to an interpreter is the use of CART, or Computer Assisted Realtime Translation.
Deaf Education - Colleges for the Deaf
Colleges and universities just for deaf and hard of hearing students.
Internet Relay Services
A comparison of internet relay services for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Deaf History - Martha's Vineyard
Martha's Vineyard island was a place where it was normal to be deaf.
Cause of Hearing Loss: Meningitis
Meningitis a dangerous illness that can strike at any age, and victims that survive often suffer hearing loss.
Pathological Point of View on Deafness versus...
There are two types of views of deafness - the pathological and the cultural.
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).
Sign Language Alphabet
Fingerspell the letter F. Deafness. Page 6.
Hearing Loss - Mild
Mild hearing loss may not appear that serious, but it does have its effects.
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.
Deaf Culture - Audism
Audism as it is defined in the deaf community, and resources on audism.
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.
People - Andrew Foster
Andrew Foster is a deaf African American who started schools for the deaf in Africa.
When Was the First Cochlear Implant Invented?
A history of the cochlear implant, a surgically implanted device that helps deaf people to hear.
Cause of Hearing Loss: Meniere's Disease
Meniere's disease is a common disorder of dizziness and hearing loss.
Deaf Culture Basics
The deaf community in America has its own unique culture of art, theater, writing, and more.
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.
What Is Tinnitus and What Causes It?
Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, can cause discomfort, but it is treatable.
How Do You Sign Popular Christmas Songs?
Sign language translations of Christmas songs and carols.
Sign Language Interpreters at Doctors,...
What the law says about deaf people and interpreters for doctors, dentists, and hospitals.
Sign Language - ABC Stories
ABC stories are a fun way to express and practice the sign alphabet.
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.
Ear Wax
Definition of ear wax. Deafness.
Deafness and Balance Problems
Balance problems are common among people with hearing loss.
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.
Can Ototoxic Drugs Cause Hearing Loss?
Ototoxic drugs can cause hearing loss, both temporary and permanent.
Sign Language - Letters K through T
Fingerspell the letter Q. Deafness. Page 7.
Jobs - Employment Resources in the Deaf Community
Resources for finding jobs in the deaf community.
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.
Cochlear Implant Surgery
What happens in a cochlear implant surgery.
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.
Audiology - ABR versus OAE
Auditory brainstem response (ABR) and otoacoustic emissions testing (OAE) are compared in this article.
Christy Smith, Deaf 'Survivor'
Christy Smith, a deaf woman, was on the 'Survivor' reality show.
Hearing Impaired - Why You Shouldn't Use...
What is the term hearing impaired, and why you shouldn't use it.
Hearing Loss and Women
hearing loss in women presbyacusis depression and hearing loss
Deaf History - Deaf Slavery
Deaf slavery exists and gets reported in the news from time to time.
Deaf Literature - Poetry by Deaf and Hard of...
Poetry is a medium for expressing feelings about hearing loss.
The Story Behind Deafblind Triplet Daughters
Profile of a family with deafblind triplet daughters.
Deanne Bray-Kotsur - Sue Thomas F.B.Eye Actress
Interview with Deanne Bray-Kotsur, who had starred in Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye.
People - Alexander Graham Bell and Deafness
Alexander Graham Bell and his connection to the deaf community.
People - Thomas Alva Edison - Hearing Impaired...
Thomas Alva Edison not only was a great inventor, he was hearing impaired too.
How can I interpret my audiogram after a...
How to understand the audiogram you get after a hearing test.
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.
Deafness and Hearing Loss
Deafness and hearing loss topics, ranging from sign language to causes of hearing loss.
Hearing Loss - Types, Degrees
Understanding the type and degree of hearing loss you or your child may have.
Work and Being Deaf
Articles on employment within the deaf and hard of hearing community.
Law, Legal Rights, and Deaf/Hard of Hearing...
Resources for learning more about laws and legislation that affects deaf and hard of hearing people.
Herpes Simplex and Hearing Loss
Herpes simplex is a known, rare cause of hearing loss.
Sign Language Basics
Learn about sign language, its different flavors, and ways to have fun with sign language.
Deaf Culture - "Cures" for Deafness
Until modern times, there were many
Ear Wax and Hearing Aids
Wearing hearing aids or using an earmold can create a buildup of ear wax and lead to other problems.
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.
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.
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.
Problems With and Removing Ear Wax
Learn about ear wax and the problems it can cause, and also about ear wax removal.
What Does Deaf Speech Sound Like?
About deaf speech and what it sounds like, plus the impact of speech intelligibility on deaf children.
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.
Lipreading (or Speechreading)
Lipreading, or speechreading, is an invaluable communications tool for deaf and hard of hearing people.
Deaf and Music
Music can be enjoyed by and plays an important role in education for deaf people.
How Can You Properly Take Care of Your Hearing...
How to care for hearing aids properly.
Sign Language - Colors
Signs for different colors. Colors included are red, blue, yellow, green, orange, brown, purple, black, and white.
Top 10 Books for Learning Sign Language
Top sign language books and dictionaries, from your About.com Guide.
Progressive Hearing Loss
Learn about progressive hearing loss, which is when hearing becomes worse over time due to a variety of causes.
Sign Language - ASL Poetry
ASL poetry is the telling of poems, usually original poems, in sign language.
Deaf Parents with Hearing Children
Resources for deaf people parenting hearing children.
Deaf History and Heritage
Different aspects of deaf history and heritage, such as the Deaf President Now movement, and the history of cochlear implants.
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.
Recycling Hearing Aid Batteries
Hearing aid batteries need to be disposed of safely, and recycled.
Popular Cochlear Implant Articles
The most popular cochlear implant articles at About.com: Deafness.
Deaf People with Autism
Some deaf children are also autistic.
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.
Deaf Awareness Week
Deaf Awareness Week is always the last full week of September.
Sign Language - Sign Language in Spanish...
Spanish speaking countries such as Mexico have their own Spanish sign languages.
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.
Nutrition and Hearing Loss
nutrition hearing loss antioxidants
People - C.J. Jones
C.J. Jones has a long record as an deaf and African-American actor/comedian.
What’s the History of Gallaudet University?
A brief look at the ongoing history of Gallaudet University.
Cochlear Implant Failure - Reimplantation and...
Newly implanted cochlear implants sometimes have to be removed and the patient re-implanted.
Deaf-Hearing Marriage
The reality of a deaf-hearing marriage.
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.
Sign Language - Why Learn Sign
Why learn sign language was discussed by forum members.
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.
Common Questions About Hearing Aid Batteries
Hearing aid batteries are the topic of this interview.
Hearing and the Brain
One of my favorite classes in grad school was brain anatomy; but, the day we dissected a real brain was a letdown. This was what controlled our thought,
Deaf Community - South Africa
South Africa has a well-established deaf community, well-served by schools, organizations, service agencies, and more.
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.
Sign Language - Letters U through Y
Fingerspell the letter X. Deafness. Page 4.
People - Louis Frisino
A look at the career of Louis Frisino, a deaf artist.
Deaf History Month
Deaf History Month is a month that celebrates key events in deaf history.
Sign Language - PSE
Pidgin Sign(ed) English is a form of sign language that is between ASL and English.
Sign Language Fun With Games and Puzzles
Games and puzzles, in books, board games, and online games for learning and practicing sign language either alone or with friends.
Fluctuating Hearing Loss
A hearing loss that goes up and down is called a fluctuating hearing loss.
Deaf People in Prison
Deaf people in prison, and a deaf prison ministry network.
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 Fun - Glad to Be Deaf
Reasons to be glad to be deaf (or, benefits of being deaf).
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.
Katie LeClerc - Switched at Birth Star
Profile of Switched at Birth actress Katie LeClerc who plays Daphne.
Hearing Aids - Insurance for Hearing Aids
Insurance coverage for hearing aids, or the lack thereof.
Hearing Loss after Cancer
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.
Cause of Hearing Loss - Sudden Deafness
More people lose their hearing suddenly than you might think.
Assistance Dogs for Hearing Loss
Hearing Dogs are trained to assist deaf and hard of hearing individuals by alerting them to a variety of sounds at home and in public.
Everything You Need to Know About Thomas H....
Thomas H. Gallaudet is the father of deaf education in the United States.
Deaf Literature - Stories and Poetry by Deaf...
Stories, poems, and autobiographies by About Deafness visitors.
Marlee Matlin - An Interview with Marlee Matlin
An interview with Marlee Matlin, an actress who is deaf.
American Sign Language Idioms
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.
Presbycusis: Age-Related Hearing Loss
Hearing loss due to aging is known as presbycusis.
The Top 10 Places to Get Sign Language...
The most popular sign language articles at About.com:Deafness.
Deaf Culture - Deaf of Deaf
One of the most interesting aspects of the deaf community is the presence of people who are deaf of deaf, and multigenerational deaf families.
Education - Itinerant Teachers of the Deaf and...
As more deaf and hard of hearing students are mainstreamed in neighborhood schools, the role of the itinerant teacher is increasing in importance.
Lipreading Software
Lipreading software is available for use by people who want to learn how to lipread on their own.
Where Can I Find Sign Language Clip Art?
Answers the question where sign language clip art and digital tools can be found.
People - Vinton Cerf
Vinton Cerf is known as the 'father of the internet' and he is hard of hearing.
How Do We Hear?
Frequently asked questions about the basics of the ear.
Deaf History - Deaf Peddlers
Deaf peddling used to be a common thing; thankfully it is not anymore.
Cochlear Implant
Suggestions and guidelines for people considering a cochlear implant for themselves, or for their children.
Health - Sex Education - Deaf Students
Sexuality and sex education resources for deaf students.
Waardenburg Syndrome
Waardenburg syndrome can cause hearing loss, and several other symptoms as well.
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.
FM Listening Systems
FM systems are an essential educational listening tool for deaf and hard of hearing children.
People - Deanne Bray - Deaf Actress and...
Deanne Bray, a deaf actress, stars in Sue Thomas, F.B.Eye, on the Pax channel.
Sign Language - Learning and Using Sign Language
A collection of articles about sign language.
Signs for Food
Examples of how to sign words related to food.
Signing Games
Forum members answer a question about sign language games for learning sign language. Page 3.
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