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10 Things an Audiologist Wants Parents to Know
What things audiologists wish parents knew (part 1 of 2): includes information about newborn hearing screening, hearing protection, following test instructions, and information about the difference between ENT, audiologists, and hearing aid dispensers.
10 Things an Audiologist Wants Parents to Know...
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.
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.
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.
Deaf Culture - Big D Small D
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Do You Want to Become a Sign Language...
How to become an interpreter for deaf and hard of hearing people.
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.
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.
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.
What Is Low Frequency Hearing Loss and What...
Low frequency hearing loss is defined, along with its causes, how common it is, and treatment.
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.
49 Famous and Historic Deaf (and Hearing) People
Articles on well-known figures in the deaf/hard of hearing community both contemporary and past.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Hearing Loss?
Index of articles on causes of deafness and hearing loss.
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.
What Is Tinnitus and What Causes It?
Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, can cause discomfort, but it is treatable.
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.
Deaf History - Martha's Vineyard
Martha's Vineyard island was a place where it was normal to be deaf.
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’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.
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.
Can You Donate Used Hearing Aids?
What to do with used or unwanted hearing aids. Information on donation programs with domestic and international objectives.
Pathological Point of View on Deafness versus...
There are two types of views of deafness - the pathological and the cultural.
10 Great Sign Language Dictionary Websites
Do you need to know how to sign a word? Check a sign language dictionary online.
Cause of Hearing Loss: Meningitis
Meningitis a dangerous illness that can strike at any age, and victims that survive often suffer hearing loss.
Cause of Hearing Loss: Meniere's Disease
Meniere's disease is a common disorder of dizziness and hearing loss.
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.
Sign Language - Halloween Signs
Signs for words commonly associated with Halloween.
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?
What's the Salary of a Sign Language Interpreter?
How much salary does a sign language interpreter earn? It depends.
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.
Shelley Beattie - Deaf Bodybuilder
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.
What Is a Communication Access Realtime...
An increasingly popular alternative to an interpreter is the use of CART, or Computer Assisted Realtime Translation.
Cochlear Implant Surgery
What happens in a cochlear implant surgery.
How to Communicate About Intimacy in Sign...
Sources of sign language words for common human sexuality terms.
Sign Language Alphabet
The sign language alphabet (fingerspelling) in photographs.
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 Does Deaf Speech Sound Like?
About deaf speech and what it sounds like, plus the impact of speech intelligibility on deaf children.
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 Culture - Audism
Audism as it is defined in the deaf community, and resources on audism.
Deafness and Balance Problems
Balance problems are common among people with hearing loss.
Sign Language - ABC Stories
ABC stories are a fun way to express and practice the sign alphabet.
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.
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.
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.
Deaf Literature - Stories and Poetry by Deaf...
Stories, poems, and autobiographies by About Deafness visitors.
Deaf Culture Basics
The deaf community in America has its own unique culture of art, theater, writing, and more.
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.
Can Ototoxic Drugs Cause Hearing Loss?
Ototoxic drugs can cause hearing loss, both temporary and permanent.
A Simple Guide for Understanding Hearing Loss...
Overview of the terms used to describe types of hearing loss.
Deaf Literature - Poetry by Deaf and Hard of...
Poetry is a medium for expressing feelings about 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.
People - Curtis Pride
Curtis Pride, a professional and minor league baseball player, happens to be deaf.
How to Make the ‘I Love You’ Sign...
The I Love You handshape, perhaps the most recognized sign.
Cause of Hearing Loss - Autoimmune Inner Ear...
Autoimmune inner ear disease is one of the lesser known causes of hearing loss.
How can I interpret my audiogram after a...
How to understand the audiogram you get after a hearing test.
When Was the First Cochlear Implant Invented?
A history of the cochlear implant, a surgically implanted device that helps deaf people to hear.
People - Thomas Alva Edison - Hearing Impaired...
Thomas Alva Edison not only was a great inventor, he was hearing impaired too.
Deaf History and Heritage
Different aspects of deaf history and heritage, such as the Deaf President Now movement, and the history of cochlear implants.
Ear Wax and Hearing Aids
Wearing hearing aids or using an earmold can create a buildup of ear wax and lead to other problems.
Parenting Articles
Articles on parenting deaf and hard of hearing children and teenagers.
The Story Behind Deafblind Triplet Daughters
Profile of a family with deafblind triplet daughters.
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.
Hearing Aids - Digital Technology versus Analog...
Readers discuss and compare digital and analog hearing aids, which are the primary technologies used in hearing aids.
Phonak International
Profile of Phonak, a hearing aid manufacturer that is also known for their FM systems.
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.
What’s the History of Gallaudet University?
A brief look at the ongoing history of Gallaudet University.
Hearing Loss - Types, Degrees
Understanding the type and degree of hearing loss you or your child may have.
Recycling Hearing Aid Batteries
Hearing aid batteries need to be disposed of safely, and recycled.
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.
Cochlear Implant
Suggestions and guidelines for people considering a cochlear implant for themselves, or for their children.
Cause of Hearing Loss - Sudden Deafness
More people lose their hearing suddenly than you might think.
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?
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.
The Very Real Dangers of Q-Tips
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Hearing Aids - Insurance for Hearing Aids
Insurance coverage for hearing aids, or the lack thereof.
How Do You Sign Popular Christmas Songs?
Sign language translations of Christmas songs and carols.
What is the Speech Banana on a Hearing Test?
A speech banana is a banana-shaped range on an audiogram that covers the frequencies and decibels that are needed to understand speech.
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.
Growing Up Deaf - Speech Therapy
Speech therapy teaches useful skills but deaf and hard of hearing children may not like the learning process.
Veterans and Hearing Loss
Veterans and hearing loss - what help is available for them? Page 2.
Deaf Awareness Week - Increasing Awareness of...
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.
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 - Letters K through T
Fingerspell the letters K through T.
Sign Language Interpreters - Registry of...
Profile of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, an international organization representing interpreters.
Progressive Hearing Loss
Learn about progressive hearing loss, which is when hearing becomes worse over time due to a variety of causes.
5 Reasons Your World is Spinning
Vertigo, the sensation of spinning, can be very frightening. There are many different causes, such as Meniere's disease, BPPV, Labyrinthitis, Vestibular Neuritis, and Central Vertigo. Medical evaluation is necessary to determine the cause and proper treatment.
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.
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.
Deanne Bray-Kotsur - Sue Thomas F.B.Eye Actress
Interview with Deanne Bray-Kotsur, who had starred in Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye.
Deaf History - Deaf Peddlers
Deaf peddling used to be a common thing; thankfully it is not anymore.
Hearing Aids - Types
A wide variety of hearing aids are available.
Health - Sex Education - Deaf Students
Sexuality and sex education resources for deaf students.
Hearing Loss - Mild
Mild hearing loss may not appear that serious, but it does have its effects.
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.
What is the best way to learn sign language?
What is the best way to learn sign language? About.com readers discuss the question.
Alexander Graham Bell and His Controversial...
Alexander Graham Bell was an inventor and deaf educator. Many people do not know of the controversies his methods sparked in the deaf community.
Sign Language - Learning and Using Sign Language
A collection of articles about sign language.
People - Andrew Foster
Andrew Foster is a deaf African American who started schools for the deaf in Africa.
Deaf Photographers
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.
What Causes My Ears to Ring?
Have ringing in the ears? Learn about the causes of tinnitus in this informative article.
Sign Language - PSE
Pidgin Sign(ed) English is a form of sign language that is between ASL and English.
Deaf Community - South Africa
South Africa has a well-established deaf community, well-served by schools, organizations, service agencies, and more.
Deafness and Hearing Loss
Deafness and hearing loss topics, ranging from sign language to causes of hearing loss.
Sign Language Interpreters at Doctors,...
What the law says about deaf people and interpreters for doctors, dentists, and hospitals.
Jobs - Employment Resources in the Deaf Community
Resources for finding jobs in the deaf community.
Deaf Culture - "Cures" for Deafness
Until modern times, there were many
Deaf Fun - Glad to Be Deaf
Reasons to be glad to be deaf (or, benefits of being deaf).
The Care Project: Supporting Families on their...
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.
Parenting Hard of Hearing Children
Parenting hard of hearing children, and available resources.
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.
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.
Mumps Can Lead to Deafness
Mumps effects include deafness. Although the mumps have largely been reduced, the virus still exists.
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.
Problems With and Removing Ear Wax
Learn about ear wax and the problems it can cause, and also about ear wax removal.
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.
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.
Lipreading Software
Lipreading software is available for use by people who want to learn how to lipread on their own.
Deaf Community Halloween
The deaf community has its own Halloween spirit in the form of Halloween signs, sign-language themed Halloween novelties, costumes, ghosts, stories, and more.
People - C.J. Jones
C.J. Jones has a long record as an deaf and African-American actor/comedian.
Audiology - ABR versus OAE
Auditory brainstem response (ABR) and otoacoustic emissions testing (OAE) are compared in this article.
How Can You Properly Take Care of Your Hearing...
How to care for hearing aids properly.
Deaf Culture - Deaf Theatre
Deaf theatre past and present, education in deaf theatre, resources on deaf theatre, and deaf playwrights.
Hearing - Unilateral Hearing Loss
A type of hearing loss that gets relatively little attention is unilateral hearing loss.
Ototoxic Drugs
Many drugs are known for their ototoxic side effects. These are just a few of them.
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.
Deaf Parents with Hearing Children
Resources for deaf people parenting hearing children.
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.
What Is an Acoustic Neurinoma?
What an acoustic neurinoma is, what may cause one, treatment, and support for people with acoustic neurinomas.
Deaf Timeline
Selected articles at About Deafness/HOH, organized in a timeline.
Marlee Matlin - An Interview with Marlee Matlin
An interview with Marlee Matlin, an actress who is deaf.
Fluctuating Hearing Loss
A hearing loss that goes up and down is called a fluctuating hearing loss.
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.
Disposable Hearing Aids
Disposable hearing aids are an alternative to buying hearing aids the traditional way.
Internet Relay Services
A comparison of internet relay services for the deaf and hard of hearing.
University and Colleges for the Deaf
Overview of three university level education options for the Deaf community: Gallaudet University, National Technical Institute for the Deaf, and Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf.
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.
Cochlear Implant Failure - Reimplantation and...
Newly implanted cochlear implants sometimes have to be removed and the patient re-implanted.
Growing Up Deaf
My personal experiences in growing up deaf.
3 Ways to Build a Better Hearing Brain
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Growing Up Deaf - Rubella
Rubella - it made thousands of people deaf in the 1960s.
Rexton Hearing Aids
Profile of Rexton, a brand of hearing aids manufactured by Siemens.
Sign Language - Sign Language in Spanish...
Spanish speaking countries such as Mexico have their own Spanish sign languages.
Profile of William C. Stokoe, Jr.
Profile of Dr. William C. Stokoe, Jr. whose research proved sign language is a true language.
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.
Cochlear Implants - Facts
Basic facts on cochlear implants.
What is the expected lifespan of a cochlear...
How long can a cochlear implant be expected to last?
Using Baby Sign Language with Your Baby
Signing with babies, whether hearing or deaf, has proven to be beneficial.
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.

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