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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.
49 Famous and Historic Deaf (and Hearing) People
Articles on well-known figures in the deaf/hard of hearing community both contemporary and past.
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.
What's the Salary of a Sign Language Interpreter?
How much salary does a sign language interpreter earn? It depends.
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.
Pathological Point of View on Deafness versus...
There are two types of views of deafness - the pathological and the cultural.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Hearing Loss?
Index of articles on causes of deafness and hearing loss.
Evaluating for APD
auditory processing disorder APD problems listening
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.
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 Low Frequency Hearing Loss and What...
Low frequency hearing loss is defined, along with its causes, how common it is, and treatment.
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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 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.
Deaf History - Martha's Vineyard
Martha's Vineyard island was a place where it was normal to be deaf.
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.
Can You Donate Used Hearing Aids?
What to do with used or unwanted hearing aids. Information on donation programs with domestic and international objectives.
Deaf Culture - Audism
Audism as it is defined in the deaf community, and resources on audism.
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.
10 Great Sign Language Dictionary Websites
Do you need to know how to sign a word? Check a sign language dictionary online.
What Is a Communication Access Realtime...
An increasingly popular alternative to an interpreter is the use of CART, or Computer Assisted Realtime Translation.
Sign Language - ABC Stories
ABC stories are a fun way to express and practice the sign alphabet.
Sign Language - Halloween Signs
Signs for words commonly associated with Halloween.
Deaf Education - Colleges for the Deaf
Colleges and universities just for deaf and hard of hearing students.
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.
Sign Language Alphabet
Fingerspell the letter F. Deafness. Page 6.
How to Communicate About Intimacy in Sign...
Sources of sign language words for common human sexuality terms.
People - Thomas Alva Edison - Hearing Impaired...
Thomas Alva Edison not only was a great inventor, he was hearing impaired too.
How Do You Sign Popular Christmas Songs?
Sign language translations of Christmas songs and carols.
The Story Behind Deafblind Triplet Daughters
Profile of a family with deafblind triplet daughters.
Sign Language - PSE
Pidgin Sign(ed) English is a form of sign language that is between ASL and English.
Cause of Hearing Loss: Meningitis
Meningitis a dangerous illness that can strike at any age, and victims that survive often suffer hearing loss.
Hearing Loss - Mild
Mild hearing loss may not appear that serious, but it does have its effects.
Mumps Can Lead to Deafness
Mumps effects include deafness. Although the mumps have largely been reduced, the virus still exists.
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).
Cause of Hearing Loss: Meniere's Disease
Meniere's disease is a common disorder of dizziness and hearing loss.
How to Make the ‘I Love You’ Sign...
The I Love You handshape, perhaps the most recognized sign.
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 - Signing Games
Can you use games to teach hearing people how to sign? Deaf Forum members respond, with examples.
Internet Relay Services
A comparison of internet relay services for the deaf and hard of hearing.
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 - Letters K through T
Fingerspell the letter Q. Deafness. Page 7.
Deaf Literature - Poetry by Deaf and Hard of...
Poetry is a medium for expressing feelings about hearing loss.
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.
Cochlear Implant Surgery
What happens in a cochlear implant surgery.
Problems With and Removing Ear Wax
Learn about ear wax and the problems it can cause, and also about ear wax removal.
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.
Cochlear Implant Failure - Reimplantation and...
Newly implanted cochlear implants sometimes have to be removed and the patient re-implanted.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Deafness and Balance Problems
Balance problems are common among people with hearing loss.
People - Andrew Foster
Andrew Foster is a deaf African American who started schools for the deaf in Africa.
Deaf Culture Basics
The deaf community in America has its own unique culture of art, theater, writing, and more.
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.
People - Alexander Graham Bell and Deafness
Alexander Graham Bell and his connection to the deaf community.
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.
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.
Deaf Culture - "Cures" for Deafness
Until modern times, there were many
Progressive Hearing Loss
Learn about progressive hearing loss, which is when hearing becomes worse over time due to a variety of causes.
Sign Language - Sign Language in Spanish...
Spanish speaking countries such as Mexico have their own Spanish sign languages.
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.
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.
People - Vinton Cerf
Vinton Cerf is known as the 'father of the internet' and he is hard of hearing.
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 Interpreters at Doctors,...
What the law says about deaf people and interpreters for doctors, dentists, and hospitals.
Law, Legal Rights, and Deaf/Hard of Hearing...
Resources for learning more about laws and legislation that affects deaf and hard of hearing people.
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.
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.
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?
Deaf History - Deaf Peddlers
Deaf peddling used to be a common thing; thankfully it is not anymore.
Lipreading (or Speechreading)
Lipreading, or speechreading, is an invaluable communications tool for deaf and hard of hearing people.
Hearing Loss - Types, Degrees
Understanding the type and degree of hearing loss you or your child may have.
Jobs - Employment Resources in the Deaf Community
Resources for finding jobs in the deaf community.
Recycling Hearing Aid Batteries
Hearing aid batteries need to be disposed of safely, and recycled.
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.
Work and Being Deaf
Articles on employment within the deaf and hard of hearing community.
Deaf People with Autism
Some deaf children are also autistic.
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.
Deanne Bray-Kotsur - Sue Thomas F.B.Eye Actress
Interview with Deanne Bray-Kotsur, who had starred in Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye.
Deafness and Hearing Loss
Deafness and hearing loss topics, ranging from sign language to causes of hearing loss.
Deaf People on Television in the Seventies
Deaf people have been on television since almost the beginning of television. In the 1970s, more deaf actors began to appear on television.
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.
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 Interpreting for the Deaf and...
Articles about interpreters and interpreting for the deaf.
Deaf History and Heritage
Different aspects of deaf history and heritage, such as the Deaf President Now movement, and the history of cochlear implants.
What Is an Acoustic Neurinoma?
What an acoustic neurinoma is, what may cause one, treatment, and support for people with acoustic neurinomas.
Deaf Culture - Deaf Theatre
Deaf theatre past and present, education in deaf theatre, resources on deaf theatre, and deaf playwrights.
Diabetes and Hearing Loss
Hearing loss is yet another complication of diabetes. How does diabetes cause hearing loss? How common is it among diabetics?
Deaf Parents with Hearing Children
Resources for deaf people parenting hearing children.
Cochlear Implant
Suggestions and guidelines for people considering a cochlear implant for themselves, or for their children.
Deaf and Music
Music can be enjoyed by and plays an important role in education for deaf people.
Before You Get Hearing Aids
Before you get hearing aids, you need to learn about different types of hearing aids, financing, care, and more.
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.
Learn About Kenny Walker, a Deaf Football Player
A look at the career of a deaf professional football player named Kenny Walker.
People - Douglas Tilden - Famous Deaf Sculptor
Profile of the famous deaf sculptor Douglas Tilden.
Marlee Matlin - An Interview with Marlee Matlin
An interview with Marlee Matlin, an actress who is deaf.
People - C.J. Jones
C.J. Jones has a long record as an deaf and African-American actor/comedian.
Deaf Fun - Glad to Be Deaf
Reasons to be glad to be deaf (or, benefits of being deaf).
Health - Mental Health Services - Deaf
Accessible mental health services for deaf people can be difficult to find.
People - Dummy Hoy - Deaf Baseball Player
Dummy Hoy was a deaf baseball player who may belong in the Hall of Fame.
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.
Sign Language - ASL Poetry
ASL poetry is the telling of poems, usually original poems, in sign language.
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 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.
Growing Up Deaf - Leaving High School
Why as a deaf teenager I left high school early.
Hearing Aids - Insurance for Hearing Aids
Insurance coverage for hearing aids, or the lack thereof.
Fluctuating Hearing Loss
A hearing loss that goes up and down is called a fluctuating hearing loss.
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.
Herpes Simplex and Hearing Loss
Herpes simplex is a known, rare cause of 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.
Hearing Loss and Women
hearing loss in women presbyacusis depression and hearing loss
Deaf Literature - Stories and Poetry by Deaf...
Stories, poems, and autobiographies by About Deafness visitors.
Sign Language - Signing Animals
Sign language is used by gorillas and chimpanzees to communicate, as well as humans.
Profile of Claudia Gordon
Claudia Gordon is the first deaf African American female lawyer.
Sign Language - Learning and Using Sign Language
A collection of articles about sign language.
What Causes My Ears to Ring?
Have ringing in the ears? Learn about the causes of tinnitus in this informative article.
Profile of William C. Stokoe, Jr.
Profile of Dr. William C. Stokoe, Jr. whose research proved sign language is a true language.
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.
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.
Health - Sex Education - Deaf Students
Sexuality and sex education resources for deaf students.
Robert Weitbrecht - Inventor of the TTY
Profile of deaf inventor Robert Weitbrecht, who invented the telphone typewriter (TTY).
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.
Waardenburg Syndrome
Waardenburg syndrome can cause hearing loss, and several other symptoms as well.
Jobs - Information on Deafness for Employers
Information on deafness for employers, including the hiring process and on the job accomodation.
Where Can I Find Sign Language Clip Art?
Answers the question where sign language clip art and digital tools can be found.
What’s the History of Gallaudet University?
A brief look at the ongoing history of Gallaudet University.
Nutrition and Hearing Loss
nutrition hearing loss antioxidants
People - Louis Frisino
A look at the career of Louis Frisino, a deaf artist.
Christy Smith, Deaf 'Survivor'
Christy Smith, a deaf woman, was on the 'Survivor' reality show.
Kids of Deaf Adults
An organization for kids with deaf parents.
Sign Language - Letters U through Y
Fingerspell the letter X. Deafness. Page 4.
Treacher Collins Syndrome
About Treacher Collins syndrome, a craniofacial disorder that also causes hearing loss.
Signing Games
Forum members answer a question about sign language games for learning sign language. Page 3.
When Was the First Cochlear Implant Invented?
A history of the cochlear implant, a surgically implanted device that helps deaf people to hear.
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.
Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss
sudden hearing loss single sided deafness hearing loss
30 Tips, Tricks, and Techniques for Troubleshoo...
Tips and techniques to try before you call the audiologist when your hearing aid stops working.
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.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Gay Community
The deaf and hard of hearing gay community.
FM Listening Systems
FM systems are an essential educational listening tool for deaf and hard of hearing children.
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.
People - Deanne Bray - Deaf Actress and...
Deanne Bray, a deaf actress, stars in Sue Thomas, F.B.Eye, on the Pax channel.
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