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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.
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.
How Do You Sign Popular Christmas Songs?
Sign language translations of Christmas songs and carols.
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 Is Tinnitus and What Causes It?
Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, can cause discomfort, but it is treatable.
Deaf Culture - Big D Small D
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Deaf History - Martha's Vineyard
Martha's Vineyard island was a place where it was normal to be deaf.
The Dos and Don'ts for Removing Ear Wax Safely
What is ear wax? Why do some people have more ear wax than others? What to try at home and when you need to see a doctor.
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.
Over-the-counter hearing aids?
The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) recent report on “Aging America and Hearing Loss: Imperative of Improved Technologies.” What they got right, what they got wrong, and implications for the consumer.
What Is Low Frequency Hearing Loss and What...
Low frequency hearing loss is defined, along with its causes, how common it is, and treatment.
Do You Want to Become a Sign Language...
How to become an interpreter for deaf and hard of hearing people.
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 Are the Most Common Causes of Hearing Loss?
Index of articles on causes of deafness and hearing loss.
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.
Deaf Culture - Audism
Audism as it is defined in the deaf community, and resources on audism.
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.
49 Famous and Historic Deaf (and Hearing) People
Articles on well-known figures in the deaf/hard of hearing community both contemporary and past.
Signs for Thanksgiving
How do you sign the words for Thanksgiving in sign language? See examples of how to sign corn, indian, pie, pilgrim, potato, pumpkin, thank, thanksgiving, and turkey.
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.
Can You Donate Used Hearing Aids?
What to do with used or unwanted hearing aids. Information on donation programs with domestic and international objectives.
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 Education - Colleges for the Deaf
Colleges and universities just for deaf and hard of hearing students.
Cause of Hearing Loss: Meniere's Disease
Meniere's disease is a common disorder of dizziness and hearing loss.
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 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.
What Does Deaf Speech Sound Like?
About deaf speech and what it sounds like, plus the impact of speech intelligibility on deaf children.
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.
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.
What's the Salary of a Sign Language Interpreter?
How much salary does a sign language interpreter earn? It depends.
Can Ototoxic Drugs Cause Hearing Loss?
Ototoxic drugs can cause hearing loss, both temporary and permanent.
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.
Cause of Hearing Loss: Meningitis
Meningitis a dangerous illness that can strike at any age, and victims that survive often suffer hearing loss.
A Simple Guide for Understanding Hearing Loss...
Overview of the terms used to describe types of hearing loss.
What Is a Communication Access Realtime...
An increasingly popular alternative to an interpreter is the use of CART, or Computer Assisted Realtime Translation.
How to Communicate About Intimacy in Sign...
Sources of sign language words for common human sexuality terms.
10 Great Sign Language Dictionary Websites
Do you need to know how to sign a word? Check a sign language dictionary online.
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? How to find an audiologist.
Ear Wax and Hearing Aids
Wearing hearing aids or using an earmold can create a buildup of ear wax and lead to other problems.
Deafness and Balance Problems
Balance problems are common among people with hearing loss.
What Causes My Ears to Ring?
Have ringing in the ears? Learn about the causes of tinnitus in this informative article.
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 can I interpret my audiogram after a...
How to understand the audiogram you get after a hearing test.
Cochlear Implant Surgery
What happens in a cochlear implant surgery.
When Was the First Cochlear Implant Invented?
A history of the cochlear implant, a surgically implanted device that helps deaf people to hear.
Progressive Hearing Loss
Learn about progressive hearing loss, which is when hearing becomes worse over time due to a variety of causes.
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.
Sign Language - ABC Stories
ABC stories are a fun way to express and practice the sign alphabet.
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 Aids - Insurance for Hearing Aids
Insurance coverage for hearing aids, or the lack thereof.
Sign Language Alphabet
The sign language alphabet (fingerspelling) in photographs.
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.
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.
Pathological Point of View on Deafness versus...
There are two types of views of deafness - the pathological and the cultural.
Deaf History and Heritage
Different aspects of deaf history and heritage, such as the Deaf President Now movement, and the history of cochlear implants.
Jobs - Internships and Co-operative Work...
Internships and co-ops are important for deaf students about to enter the working world.
Cochlear Implant
Suggestions and guidelines for people considering a cochlear implant for themselves, or for their children.
Fluctuating Hearing Loss
A hearing loss that goes up and down is called a fluctuating hearing loss.
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.
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.
Problems With and Removing Ear Wax
Learn about ear wax and the problems it can cause, and also about ear wax removal.
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.
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.
The Very Real Dangers of Q-Tips
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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.
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.
Deaf Culture Basics
The deaf community in America has its own unique culture of art, theater, writing, and more.
How to Make the ‘I Love You’ Sign...
The I Love You handshape, perhaps the most recognized sign.
Signs for Christmas
How do you sign the words for Christmas in sign language? See examples of how to sign Christmas, santa claus, reindeer, stockings, and wreath.
People - Thomas Alva Edison - Hearing Impaired...
Thomas Alva Edison not only was a great inventor, he was hearing impaired too.
Games for Learning Sign Language
Can you use games to teach hearing people how to sign? Deaf Forum members respond, with examples.
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 Fun - Glad to Be Deaf
Reasons to be glad to be deaf (or, benefits of being deaf).
Hearing Loss - Types, Degrees
Understanding the type and degree of hearing loss you or your child may have.
Cause of Hearing Loss - Autoimmune Inner Ear...
Autoimmune inner ear disease is one of the lesser known causes of hearing loss.
Noise - Veterans
Veterans and hearing loss - what help is available for them? Page 2.
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 K through T
Fingerspell the letters K through T.
Are Deaf People Disabled?
Do deaf people consider themselves to be disabled or only deaf? In this open forum debate, an overview of deaf culture.
Sudden Hearing Loss - A Medical Emergency
A sudden hearing loss is a medical emergency. Treatment needs to be started as soon as possible for the best chances of hearing recovery. Imaging studies, hearing evaluation and monitoring, and medical treatment are all part of a treatment plan.
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.
Hearing Loss - Mild
Mild hearing loss may not appear that serious, but it does have its effects.
Accessibility - Interpreters at Doctors,...
What the law says about deaf people and interpreters for doctors, dentists, and hospitals.
Phonak International
Profile of Phonak, a hearing aid manufacturer that is also known for their FM systems.
Cause of Hearing Loss - Sudden Deafness
More people lose their hearing suddenly than you might think.
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.
What Is an Acoustic Neurinoma?
What an acoustic neurinoma is, what may cause one, treatment, and support for people with acoustic neurinomas.
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.
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.
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.
Ototoxic Drugs
Many drugs are known for their ototoxic side effects. These are just a few of them.
Oticon Epoq Model
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. . Page 5.
People - Douglas Tilden - Famous Deaf Sculptor
Profile of the famous deaf sculptor Douglas Tilden.
People - Vinton Cerf
Vinton Cerf is known as the 'father of the internet' and he is hard of hearing.
Deaf Literature - Poetry by Deaf and Hard of...
Poetry is a medium for expressing feelings about hearing loss.
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.
TTY Inventor, Robert Weitbrecht
Robert Weitbrecht was a Deaf inventor who invented the telephone typewriter (TTY). The contribution of the TTY made it possible for people with hearing loss to communicate with others.
Cochlear Implants - Facts
Basic facts on cochlear implants.
What is That Hole Near My Child's Ear?
Infants with preauricular skin tags or ear pits are at increased risk for permanent hearing impairment. Hearing should be tested at birth and monitored per the audiologist or ENT recommendations.
Deafness in China
China has a large deaf population, plenty of schools, does research, and more.
How Can You Properly Take Care of Your Hearing...
How to care for hearing aids properly.
Sign Language - PSE
Pidgin Sign(ed) English is a form of sign language that is between ASL and English.
Work and Being Deaf
Articles on employment within the deaf and hard of hearing community.
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
BPPV is characterized by a short burst of vertigo when the head moves - such as looking up or down, rolling over in bed, or bending over. It is treated by physical positioning maneuvers.
Deafness in India
Deafness information for India, including schools and nongovernmental organizations.
Miracle-Ear Hearing Aids
Profile of Miracle-Ear Hearing Aids, including consumer experiences.
Health - Sex Education - Deaf Students
Sexuality and sex education resources for deaf students.
Deaf History - Deaf Peddlers
Deaf peddling used to be a common thing; thankfully it is not anymore.
Deaf Culture - "Cures" for Deafness
Until modern times, there were many
The Story Behind Deafblind Triplet Daughters
Profile of a family with deafblind triplet daughters.
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.
Deafness and Hearing Loss
Deafness and hearing loss topics, ranging from sign language to causes of hearing loss.
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.
Ear Tubes - Risks and Effectiveness
Are ear tubes effective for battling hearing loss due to fluid? Do the risks justify getting ear tubes?
Hearing Aids - Digital Technology versus Analog...
Readers discuss and compare digital and analog hearing aids, which are the primary technologies used in hearing aids.
Perforated Eardrums and Their Role in Hearing...
Eardrums play an important role in the hearing mechanism, and when they are damaged, hearing loss can result.
Jobs - Employment Resources in the Deaf Community
Resources for finding jobs in the deaf community.
People - Andrew Foster
Andrew Foster is a deaf African American who started schools for the deaf in Africa.
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 - Louis Frisino
A look at the career of Louis Frisino, a deaf artist.
Rexton Hearing Aids
Profile of Rexton, a brand of hearing aids manufactured by Siemens.
People - Curtis Pride
Curtis Pride, a professional and minor league baseball player, happens to be deaf.
Deanne Bray-Kotsur - Sue Thomas F.B.Eye Actress
Interview with Deanne Bray-Kotsur, who had starred in Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye.
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.
3 Ways to Build a Better Hearing Brain
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Widex 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. . Page 10.
Deaf Theatre
Deaf theatre past and present, education in deaf theatre, resources on deaf theatre, and deaf playwrights.
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.
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.
Recycling Hearing Aid Batteries
Hearing aid batteries need to be disposed of safely, and recycled.
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.
Profile of Deaf Community and Culture in South...
South Africa has a well-established deaf community, well-served by schools, organizations, service agencies, and more.
Education - Including Deaf and Hard of Hearing...
Hearing teachers that find they have deaf children in their classes often need advice. These tips are from my own experience.
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.
Deafness Around the World - From South Africa...
Articles about deaf communities in various countries around the world, including South Africa, Australia, and China.
Internet Relay Services
A comparison of internet relay services for the deaf and hard of hearing.
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.
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 - Learning and Using Sign Language
A collection of articles about sign language.
Magnatone 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. . Page 4.
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.
Audiology - ABR versus OAE
Auditory brainstem response (ABR) and otoacoustic emissions testing (OAE) are compared in this article.
Hearing Aids - Implantable Aids and Devices
Implantable hearing aids are a type of hearing aid that does not have any visible parts.
Cause of Hearing Loss - Otosclerosis
Learn about otosclerosis and hearing loss.
Deaf-Hearing Marriage
The reality of a deaf-hearing marriage.
Phonak Savia Model
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. . Page 8.
Common Questions About Hearing Aid Batteries
Hearing aid batteries are the topic of this interview.
Toxoplasmosis and Hearing Loss
About toxoplasmosis and its association with hearing loss.

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