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The Dos and Don'ts for Removing 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.
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.
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.
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.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Hearing Loss?
Index of articles on causes of deafness and hearing loss.
What Is Low Frequency Hearing Loss and What...
Low frequency hearing loss is defined, along with its causes, how common it is, and treatment.
Cause of Hearing Loss: Meniere's Disease
Meniere's disease is a common disorder of dizziness and hearing loss.
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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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.
Evaluating for APD
auditory processing disorder APD problems listening
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.
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.
The Story Behind Deafblind Triplet Daughters
Profile of a family with deafblind triplet daughters.
Deaf History - Martha's Vineyard
Martha's Vineyard island was a place where it was normal to be deaf.
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 Tinnitus and What Causes It?
Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, can cause discomfort, but it is treatable.
What's the Salary of a Sign Language Interpreter?
How much salary does a sign language interpreter earn? It depends.
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).
Deaf Education - Colleges for the Deaf
Colleges and universities just for deaf and hard of hearing students.
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.
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.
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.
10 Great Sign Language Dictionary Websites
Do you need to know how to sign a word? Check a sign language dictionary online.
Can You Donate Used Hearing Aids?
What to do with used or unwanted hearing aids. Information on donation programs with domestic and international objectives.
What Is a Communication Access Realtime...
An increasingly popular alternative to an interpreter is the use of CART, or Computer Assisted Realtime Translation.
Deaf History Month
Deaf History Month is a month that celebrates key events in deaf history.
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.
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.
Problems With and Removing Ear Wax
Learn about ear wax and the problems it can cause, and also about ear wax removal.
Sign Language Alphabet
Fingerspell the letter F. Deafness. Page 6.
Ear Wax and Hearing Aids
Wearing hearing aids or using an earmold can create a buildup of ear wax and lead to other problems.
Can Ototoxic Drugs Cause Hearing Loss?
Ototoxic drugs can cause hearing loss, both temporary and permanent.
Cochlear Implant Surgery
What happens in a cochlear implant surgery.
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.
How can I interpret my audiogram after a...
How to understand the audiogram you get after a hearing test.
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.
Deaf Culture - Audism
Audism as it is defined in the deaf community, and resources on audism.
How to Communicate About Intimacy in Sign...
Sources of sign language words for common human sexuality terms.
How to Make the ‘I Love You’ Sign...
The I Love You handshape, perhaps the most recognized sign.
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.
Sign Language - Signing Games
Can you use games to teach hearing people how to sign? Deaf Forum members respond, with examples.
Cause of Hearing Loss: Meningitis
Meningitis a dangerous illness that can strike at any age, and victims that survive often suffer hearing loss.
Sign Language - ABC Stories
ABC stories are a fun way to express and practice the sign alphabet.
When Was the First Cochlear Implant Invented?
A history of the cochlear implant, a surgically implanted device that helps deaf people to hear.
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.
Deanne Bray-Kotsur - Sue Thomas F.B.Eye Actress
Interview with Deanne Bray-Kotsur, who had starred in Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye.
Sign Language Interpreters - Registry of...
Profile of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, an international organization representing interpreters.
What Does Deaf Speech Sound Like?
About deaf speech and what it sounds like, plus the impact of speech intelligibility on deaf children.
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 Interpreters at Doctors,...
What the law says about deaf people and interpreters for doctors, dentists, and hospitals.
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.
Cochlear Implant
Suggestions and guidelines for people considering a cochlear implant for themselves, or for their children.
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.
Hearing Loss - Mild
Mild hearing loss may not appear that serious, but it does have its effects.
The Foods That Are Best for Your Hearing
nutrition hearing loss antioxidants
Deafness and Balance Problems
Balance problems are common among people with hearing loss.
Sign Language - Learning and Using Sign Language
A collection of articles about sign language.
Law, Legal Rights, and Deaf/Hard of Hearing...
Resources for learning more about laws and legislation that affects deaf and hard of hearing people.
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.
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 - Types, Degrees
Understanding the type and degree of hearing loss you or your child may have.
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.
The Dangers of Q-tips
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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
Deaf Literature - Poetry by Deaf and Hard of...
Poetry is a medium for expressing feelings about hearing loss.
Pathological Point of View on Deafness versus...
There are two types of views of deafness - the pathological and the cultural.
Fluctuating Hearing Loss
A hearing loss that goes up and down is called a fluctuating hearing loss.
Jobs - Employment Resources in the Deaf Community
Resources for finding jobs in the deaf community.
Internet Relay Services
A comparison of internet relay services for the deaf and hard of hearing.
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.
How Can You Properly Take Care of Your Hearing...
How to care for hearing aids properly.
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.
Cause of Hearing Loss - Autoimmune Inner Ear...
Autoimmune inner ear disease is one of the lesser known causes of hearing loss.
Disposable Hearing Aids
Disposable hearing aids are an alternative to buying hearing aids the traditional way.
Cochlear Implant Failure - Reimplantation and...
Newly implanted cochlear implants sometimes have to be removed and the patient re-implanted.
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.
Recycling Hearing Aid Batteries
Hearing aid batteries need to be disposed of safely, and recycled.
Hearing Aids - Insurance for Hearing Aids
Insurance coverage for hearing aids, or the lack thereof.
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 - Sudden Deafness
More people lose their hearing suddenly than you might think.
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.
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.
Sign Language - Letters K through T
Fingerspell the letter Q. Deafness. Page 7.
People - Alexander Graham Bell and Deafness
Alexander Graham Bell and his connection to the deaf community.
Lipreading (or Speechreading)
Lipreading, or speechreading, is an invaluable communications tool for deaf and hard of hearing people.
Progressive Hearing Loss
Learn about progressive hearing loss, which is when hearing becomes worse over time due to a variety of causes.
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.
Before You Get Hearing Aids
Before you get hearing aids, you need to learn about different types of hearing aids, financing, care, and more.
Hearing Loss and Women
hearing loss in women presbyacusis depression and hearing loss
Sign Language - Letters U through Y
Fingerspell the letter X. Deafness. Page 4.
Audiology - ABR versus OAE
Auditory brainstem response (ABR) and otoacoustic emissions testing (OAE) are compared in this article.
Deaf History - Deaf Peddlers
Deaf peddling used to be a common thing; thankfully it is not anymore.
People - Curtis Pride
Curtis Pride, a professional and minor league baseball player, happens to be deaf.
What Is an Acoustic Neurinoma?
What an acoustic neurinoma is, what may cause one, treatment, and support for people with acoustic neurinomas.
Veterans and Hearing Loss
Veterans and hearing loss - what help is available for them? Page 2.
People - Thomas Alva Edison - Hearing Impaired...
Thomas Alva Edison not only was a great inventor, he was hearing impaired too.
Sign Language - Sign Language in Spanish...
Spanish speaking countries such as Mexico have their own Spanish sign languages.
Deaf Community - China
China has a large deaf population, plenty of schools, does research, and more.
Waardenburg Syndrome
Waardenburg syndrome can cause hearing loss, and several other symptoms as well.
Hearing Aids - Pictures of Hearing Aids
Gallery of hearing aids for deaf and hard of hearing people. Modern hearing instruments are available in multiple styles, and for different levels of hearing loss. They come in multiple colors and range from the traditional behind the ear style to invisible and in the canal. Designs are sleek and even sexy. Modern hearing aids are like computers, digital and wireless.
Work and Being Deaf
Articles on employment within the deaf and hard of hearing community.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Gay Community
The deaf and hard of hearing gay community.
Education - Charter Schools for the Deaf
More charter schools for the deaf are being started.
Deaf Parents with Hearing Children
Resources for deaf people parenting hearing children.
Herpes Simplex and Hearing Loss
Herpes simplex is a known, rare cause of hearing loss.
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.
Deaf-Hearing Marriage
The reality of a deaf-hearing marriage.
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.
FM Listening Systems
FM systems are an essential educational listening tool for deaf and hard of hearing children.
Deaf Culture Basics
The deaf community in America has its own unique culture of art, theater, writing, and more.
Lipreading Software
Lipreading software is available for use by people who want to learn how to lipread on their own.
Deaf and Music
Music can be enjoyed by and plays an important role in education for deaf people.
My Cochlear Implant Story - Part One
My own experience of getting a cochlear implant.
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.
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.
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.
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 Timeline
Selected articles at About Deafness/HOH, organized in a timeline.
People - Deanne Bray - Deaf Actress and...
Deanne Bray, a deaf actress, stars in Sue Thomas, F.B.Eye, on the Pax channel.
Health - Sex Education - Deaf Students
Sexuality and sex education resources for deaf students.
Cochlear Implants
Cochlear implants are surgically-implanted tools that can restore some hearing for many deaf people; however, they are not not a cure for deafness.
Sign Language - PSE
Pidgin Sign(ed) English is a form of sign language that is between ASL and English.
Cochlear Implant Cost
Why does a cochlear implant cost so much? Here are the factors influencing the total cost of a cochlear implant.
Deaf People with Autism
Some deaf children are also autistic.
Presbycusis: Age-Related Hearing Loss
Hearing loss due to aging is known as presbycusis.
Deaf Community - India
Deafness information for India, including schools and nongovernmental organizations.
Hearing - Unilateral Hearing Loss
A type of hearing loss that gets relatively little attention is unilateral 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.
Deaf Fun - Glad to Be Deaf
Reasons to be glad to be deaf (or, benefits of being deaf).
Cochlear Implants - Facts
Basic facts on cochlear implants.
What’s the History of Gallaudet University?
A brief look at the ongoing history of Gallaudet University.
Deaf Senior Citizens
Deaf senior citizens, and retirement communities, nursing homes, and organizations for them.
Deaf Literature - Stories and Poetry by Deaf...
Stories, poems, and autobiographies by About Deafness visitors.
Growing Up Deaf - Rubella
Rubella - it made thousands of people deaf in the 1960s.
Ototoxic Drugs
Many drugs are known for their ototoxic side effects. These are just a few of them.
Accessibility for Deaf/HOH
Index of articles about accessibility and accessible technologies for deaf and hard of hearing people.
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.
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.
Where are deaf event calendars to aid social...
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.
Deaf Community - South Africa
South Africa has a well-established deaf community, well-served by schools, organizations, service agencies, and more.
Sign Language Interpreters - Interpreter...
Finding an interpreter to hire can be challenging. Here is a list of interpreting directories, state by state.
Hearing Aids - Digital Technology versus Analog...
Readers discuss and compare digital and analog hearing aids, which are the primary technologies used in hearing aids.
Sign Language Basics
Learn about sign language, its different flavors, and ways to have fun with sign language.
Deaf Community - Germany
An overview of the deaf community in Germany.
How Do We Hear?
Frequently asked questions about the basics of the ear.
Hearing Aids - Types
A wide variety of hearing aids are available.
Australian Sign Language - Auslan
Auslan is the sign language of Australia. Resources for learning Auslan.
Everything You Need to Know About Thomas H....
Thomas H. Gallaudet is the father of deaf education in the United States.

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