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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.
What brands of hearing aids are the best?
There are many hearing aid companies to choose from; some of the major hearing aid companies are listed here.
What Is Tinnitus and What Causes It?
Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, can cause discomfort, but it is treatable.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
What Is Low Frequency Hearing Loss and What...
Causes and treatment of low-frequency hearing loss 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.
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.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Hearing Loss?
Index of articles on causes of deafness and hearing loss.
People - Lou Ferrigno - Hard of Hearing Actor
Lou Ferrigno, a hard of hearing actor and bodybuilder.
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’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.
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.
Can You Donate Used Hearing Aids?
What to do with used or unwanted hearing aids. Information on donation programs with domestic and international objectives.
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.
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 Causes My Ears to Ring?
Have ringing in the ears? Learn about the causes of tinnitus in this informative article.
Sign Language - ABC Stories
ABC stories are a fun way to express and practice the sign alphabet.
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.
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).
Tinnitus
Learning about tinnitus and how to manage tinnitus.
Deaf History - Martha's Vineyard
Martha's Vineyard island was a place where it was normal to be deaf.
Deaf Education - Colleges for the Deaf
Colleges and universities just for deaf and hard of hearing students.
Progressive Hearing Loss
Learn about progressive hearing loss, which is when hearing becomes worse over time due to a variety of causes.
Cochlear Implant Surgery
What happens in a cochlear implant surgery.
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.
How to Communicate About Intimacy in Sign...
Sources of sign language words for common human sexuality terms.
Cause of Hearing Loss: Meniere's Disease
Meniere's disease is a common disorder of dizziness and hearing loss.
A Simple Guide for Understanding Hearing Loss...
Overview of the terms used to describe types of hearing loss.
Deafness and Balance Problems
Balance problems are common among people with 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.
Fluctuating Hearing Loss
A fluctuating hearing loss is a hearing loss that seems to frequently change. Successive hearing tests may make the hearing loss seem better or worse.
Types and styles of hearing aids
Hearing aids come in many styles and options. BTE, RIC, ITE, ITC, CIC, IIC, extended wear, and bone conduction hearing aids are discussed.
When Was the First Cochlear Implant Invented?
A history of the cochlear implant, a surgically implanted device that helps deaf people to hear.
Deaf Culture - Audism
Audism as it is defined in the deaf community, and resources on audism.
Problems With and Removing Ear Wax
Learn about ear wax and the problems it can cause, and also about ear wax removal.
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.
Hearing Aids - Insurance for Hearing Aids
Insurance coverage for hearing aids, or the lack thereof.
Deafness and Hearing Loss
Deafness and hearing loss topics, ranging from sign language to causes of hearing loss.
Sign Language Alphabet
The sign language alphabet (fingerspelling) in photographs.
What Is an Acoustic Neurinoma?
What an acoustic neurinoma is, what may cause one, treatment, and support for people with acoustic neurinomas.
Deaf or Hard of Hearing? What Is 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.
Noise - Veterans
Veterans and hearing loss - what help is available for them? Page 2.
Games for Learning Sign Language
Can you use games to teach hearing people how to sign? Deaf Forum members respond, with examples.
Rexton Hearing Aids
Profile of Rexton, a brand of hearing aids manufactured by Siemens.
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.
How Can You Properly Take Care of Your Hearing...
How to care for hearing aids properly.
What's the Salary of a Sign Language Interpreter?
How much salary does a sign language interpreter earn? It depends.
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 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.
Cause of Hearing Loss - Autoimmune Inner Ear...
Autoimmune inner ear disease is one of the lesser known causes of hearing loss.
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.
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 a Communication Access Realtime...
An increasingly popular alternative to an interpreter is the use of CART, or Computer Assisted Realtime Translation.
How can I interpret my audiogram after a...
How to understand the audiogram you get after a hearing test.
What Does Deaf Speech Sound Like?
About deaf speech and what it sounds like, plus the impact of speech intelligibility on deaf children.
Deaf History - History of the TTY
A history of the TTY (or TDD) for the deaf and hard of hearing.
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.
People - Thomas Alva Edison - Hearing Impaired...
Thomas Alva Edison not only was a great inventor, he was hearing impaired too.
The Story Behind Deafblind Triplet Daughters
Profile of a family with deafblind triplet daughters.
People - Curtis Pride
Curtis Pride, a professional and minor league baseball player, happens to be deaf.
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.
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.
Hearing Loss - Types, Degrees
Understanding the type and degree of hearing loss you or your child may have.
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.
Cochlear Implant
Suggestions and guidelines for people considering a cochlear implant for themselves, or for their children.
People - Andrew Foster
Andrew Foster is a deaf African American who started schools for the deaf in Africa.
Accessibility - Interpreters at Doctors,...
What the law says about deaf people and interpreters for doctors, dentists, and hospitals.
I've just been diagnosed with sensorineural...
It can be scary to receive a hearing loss diagnosis. Learn more about what sensorineural hearing loss is and how it is treated.
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.
Recycling Hearing Aid Batteries
Hearing aid batteries need to be disposed of safely, and recycled.
Sign Language - Letters K through T
Fingerspell the letters K through T.
Pathological Point of View on Deafness versus...
There are two types of views of deafness - the pathological and the cultural.
Cochlear Implants - Facts
Basic facts on cochlear implants.
Genetic hearing loss - connexin 26
Connexin 26 mutations account for many cases of congenital hearing loss. Learn what Connexin 26 is, how it affects hearing, testing options, and treatment.
Deanne Bray-Kotsur - Sue Thomas F.B.Eye Actress
Interview with Deanne Bray-Kotsur, who had starred in Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye.
Buying Hearing Aids
Buying hearing aids can be challenging. About how to buy hearing aids.
Deaf Culture Basics
The deaf community in America has its own unique culture of art, theater, writing, and more.
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.
People - C.J. Jones
C.J. Jones has a long record as an deaf and African-American actor/comedian.
The Very Real Dangers of Q-Tips
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Loss - Mild
Mild hearing loss may not appear that serious, but it does have its effects.
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.
Miracle-Ear Hearing Aids
Profile of Miracle-Ear Hearing Aids, including consumer experiences.
Audiology - ABR versus OAE
Auditory brainstem response (ABR) and otoacoustic emissions testing (OAE) are compared in this article.
How to Help Frustrated Deaf Children
Deaf and hard-of-hearing children who can not understand family members or communicate with them can become very frustrated and act out.
Phonak International
Profile of Phonak, a hearing aid manufacturer that is also known for their FM systems.
Hearing Aids - Digital Technology versus Analog...
Readers discuss and compare digital and analog hearing aids, which are the primary technologies used in hearing aids.
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.
Ototoxic Drugs
Many drugs are known for their ototoxic side effects. These are just a few of them.
Disposable Hearing Aids
Disposable hearing aids are an alternative to buying hearing aids the traditional way.
Jobs - Employment Resources in the Deaf Community
Resources for finding jobs in the deaf community.
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 Oticon
Profile of Oticon, a hearing aid manufacturer
Work and Being Deaf
Articles on employment within the deaf and hard of hearing community.
Relationships When One is Deaf And The Other Is...
Forum members discuss deaf and hearing relationships.
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 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.
Sign Language Interpreters - Registry of...
Profile of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, an international organization representing interpreters.
How to Make the ‘I Love You’ Sign...
The I Love You handshape, perhaps the most recognized sign.
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 History and Heritage
Different aspects of deaf history and heritage, such as the Deaf President Now movement, and the history of cochlear implants.
Sign Language - Letters U through Y
Fingerspell the letters U through Y
Common Questions About Hearing Aid Batteries
Hearing aid batteries are the topic of this interview.
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.
Deaf Attitudes About Sign Language
About.com forum members learning sign language share their positive and negative encounters with deaf people.
Did You Know This Common Virus Can Cause...
Herpes simplex is a virus that can cause hearing loss in newborns and in adults.
Deaf History Month
Deaf History Month is a month that celebrates key events in deaf history.
Deaf Fun - Glad to Be Deaf
Reasons to be glad to be deaf (or, benefits of being deaf).
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.
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.
Sign Language - Learning and Using Sign Language
A collection of articles about sign language.
Deaf People with Autism
Some deaf children are also autistic.
Deaf Culture - "Cures" for Deafness
Until modern times, there were many
Ear Tubes - Risks and Effectiveness
Are ear tubes effective for battling hearing loss due to fluid? Do the risks justify getting ear tubes?
Cause of Hearing Loss - Sudden Deafness
More people lose their hearing suddenly than you might think.
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 Literature - Poetry by Deaf and Hard of...
Poetry is a medium for expressing feelings about hearing loss.
Sign Language Basics
Learn about sign language, its different flavors, and ways to have fun with sign language.
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.
Deaf Parents with Hearing Children
Resources for deaf people parenting hearing children.
New Advances in Bone Conduction Hearing Aids
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Hearing Aids - Implantable Aids and Devices
Implantable hearing aids are a type of hearing aid that does not have any visible parts.
Waardenburg Syndrome
Waardenburg syndrome can cause hearing loss, and several other symptoms as well.
Multicultural - Deaf and African American
Deaf African American/black people.
Phonak Audeo 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 6.
Accessibility - Making the Home Accessible for...
How do deaf and hard of hearing people make their homes accessible? They do it through various technological means.
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.
How to Choose Where to Buy Hearing Aids
There are many places one can buy a hearing aid. Read further to see which option is the best fit for your needs.
Cochlear Implant Failure - Reimplantation and...
Newly implanted cochlear implants sometimes have to be removed and the patient re-implanted.
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.
People - Vinton Cerf
Vinton Cerf is known as the 'father of the internet' and he is hard of hearing.
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.
Internet Relay Services
A comparison of internet relay services for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Mumps Can Lead to Deafness
Mumps effects include deafness. Although the mumps have largely been reduced, the virus still exists.
Deafness in India
Deafness information for India, including schools and nongovernmental organizations.

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