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Hearing Loss: Most Popular Articles

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Sign Language Interpreters at Doctors,...
What the law says about deaf people and interpreters for doctors, dentists, and hospitals.
Gifts for Sign Language Interpreters
Do you have a sign language interpreter where you work? At your child's school? If you would like to show your appreciation to a sign language interpreter, there are plenty of inexpensive gifts to choose from.
Audiology Tests for Balance Disorders
Audiologists diagnose balance disorders using case history, in-office​ testing, ENG, platform posturography, and rotary chair evaluations.
Do You Want to Become a Sign Language...
How to become an interpreter for deaf and hard of hearing people.
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.
Sign Language Alphabet
The sign language alphabet (fingerspelling) in photographs.
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.
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 Low Frequency Hearing Loss and What...
Low frequency hearing loss is defined, along with its causes, how common it is, and treatment.
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).
Sign Language - Letters K through T
Fingerspell the letters K through T.
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 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.
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.
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.
Deaf Culture - Big D Small D
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Cause of Hearing Loss: Meniere's Disease
Meniere's disease is a common disorder of dizziness and hearing loss.
Can You Donate Used Hearing Aids?
What to do with used or unwanted hearing aids. Information on donation programs with domestic and international objectives.
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 Education - Colleges for the Deaf
Colleges and universities just for deaf and hard of hearing students.
Cause of Hearing Loss: Meningitis
Meningitis a dangerous illness that can strike at any age, and victims that survive often suffer hearing loss.
Why Do We Hear Better with Two Ears?
Hearing well requires the use of both ears. Auditory processing, timing and loudness cues, loudness summation, and auditory deprivation effect are discussed.
What's the Salary of a Sign Language Interpreter?
How much salary does a sign language interpreter earn? It depends.
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.
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.
Cochlear Implant Surgery
What happens in a cochlear implant surgery.
A Simple Guide for Understanding Hearing Loss...
Overview of the terms used to describe types of hearing loss.
Deaf History - Martha's Vineyard
Martha's Vineyard island was a place where it was normal to be deaf.
Sign Language - Letters U through Y
Fingerspell the letters U through Y
Ear Wax and Hearing Aids
Wearing hearing aids or using an earmold can create a buildup of ear wax and lead to other problems.
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 Interpreters - Registry of...
Profile of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, an international organization representing interpreters.
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.
When Was the First Cochlear Implant Invented?
A history of the cochlear implant, a surgically implanted device that helps deaf people to hear.
Deafness and Balance Problems
Balance problems are common among people with hearing loss.
Cause of Hearing Loss - Autoimmune Inner Ear...
Autoimmune inner ear disease is one of the lesser known causes of hearing loss.
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.
How can I interpret my audiogram after a...
How to understand the audiogram you get after a hearing test.
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.
Can Ototoxic Drugs Cause Hearing Loss?
Ototoxic drugs can cause hearing loss, both temporary and permanent.
10 Great Sign Language Dictionary Websites
Do you need to know how to sign a word? Check a sign language dictionary online.
Problems With and Removing Ear Wax
Learn about ear wax and the problems it can cause, and also about ear wax removal.
Sign Language - Learning and Using Sign Language
A collection of articles about sign language.
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.
How Can You Properly Take Care of Your Hearing...
How to care for hearing aids properly.
The Top 10 Places to Get Sign Language...
The most popular sign language articles at About.com:Deafness.
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.
Fluctuating Hearing Loss
A hearing loss that goes up and down is called a fluctuating hearing loss.
Hearing Loss - Types, Degrees
Understanding the type and degree of hearing loss you or your child may have.
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 Does Deaf Speech Sound Like?
About deaf speech and what it sounds like, plus the impact of speech intelligibility on deaf children.
What Is a Communication Access Realtime...
An increasingly popular alternative to an interpreter is the use of CART, or Computer Assisted Realtime Translation.
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.
Cause of Hearing Loss - Sudden Deafness
More people lose their hearing suddenly than you might think.
How to Communicate About Intimacy in Sign...
Sources of sign language words for common human sexuality terms.
Progressive Hearing Loss
Learn about progressive hearing loss, which is when hearing becomes worse over time due to a variety of causes.
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.
How to Make the ‘I Love You’ Sign...
The I Love You handshape, perhaps the most recognized sign.
When Hearing Aids Don't Work
Reasons why hearing aids don't work.
Cochlear Implant
Suggestions and guidelines for people considering a cochlear implant for themselves, or for their children.
Recycling Hearing Aid Batteries
Hearing aid batteries need to be disposed of safely, and recycled.
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.
The Very Real Dangers of Q-Tips
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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 Culture - Audism
Audism as it is defined in the deaf community, and resources on audism.
Hearing Aids - Insurance for Hearing Aids
Insurance coverage for hearing aids, or the lack thereof.
Sign Language Interpreting Degrees
Where can aspiring sign language interpreters get sign language interpreting degrees?
Herpes Simplex and Hearing Loss
Herpes simplex is a known, rare cause of hearing loss.
Pathological Point of View on Deafness versus...
There are two types of views of deafness - the pathological and the cultural.
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.
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.
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.
Internet Relay Services
A comparison of internet relay services for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Swimmer's Ear
Otitis externa is an infection of the outer ear structures. It typically occurs in swimmers, but since the cause of the infection is water trapped in the ear canal, water from bathing or showering may also cause this common infection.
Hellen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week
The last week of June is Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week. Learn about the causes of deaf-blindness and communication options for this population. ​
Sign Language Interpreting -National Consortium...
Profile of the National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers, an organization working hard to improve the availability of interpreters for the deaf and hard of hearing, and to improve the quality of interpreting education.
Sign Language - Signing Games
Can you use games to teach hearing people how to sign? Deaf Forum members respond, with examples.
Veterans and Hearing Loss
Veterans and hearing loss - what help is available for them? Page 2.
People - Vinton Cerf
Vinton Cerf is known as the 'father of the internet' and he is hard of hearing.
Cochlear Implant Failure - Reimplantation and...
Newly implanted cochlear implants sometimes have to be removed and the patient re-implanted.
Common Questions About Hearing Aid Batteries
Hearing aid batteries are the topic of this interview.
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 Story Behind Deafblind Triplet Daughters
Profile of a family with deafblind triplet daughters.
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.
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.
Jobs - Employment Resources in the Deaf Community
Resources for finding jobs in the deaf community.
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.
Rexton Hearing Aids
Profile of Rexton, a brand of hearing aids manufactured by Siemens.
What Is an Acoustic Neurinoma?
What an acoustic neurinoma is, what may cause one, treatment, and support for people with acoustic neurinomas.
Demand for Sign Language Interpreters
The shortage of qualified interpreters hits home.
Sign Language Interpreting for the Deaf and...
Articles about interpreters and interpreting for the deaf.
Deaf Literature - Poetry by Deaf and Hard of...
Poetry is a medium for expressing feelings about hearing loss.
Health - Sex Education - Deaf Students
Sexuality and sex education resources for deaf students.
Deaf Culture - "Cures" for Deafness
Until modern times, there were many
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.
Sign Language - PSE
Pidgin Sign(ed) English is a form of sign language that is between ASL and English.
Hearing Loss - Mild
Mild hearing loss may not appear that serious, but it does have its effects.
Lipreading Software
Lipreading software is available for use by people who want to learn how to lipread on their own.
How can I find a job as a text or video relay...
How people with the right qualifications can find employment with telecommunications relay services as either a text relay services communications assistant, or a video relay services communications assistant.
Ear Tubes - Risks and Effectiveness
Are ear tubes effective for battling hearing loss due to fluid? Do the risks justify getting ear tubes?
Deaf People with Autism
Some deaf children are also autistic.
Deaf Community - South Africa
South Africa has a well-established deaf community, well-served by schools, organizations, service agencies, and more.
Disposable Hearing Aids
Disposable hearing aids are an alternative to buying hearing aids the traditional way.
An overview of available listening programs for...
Overview of the most common listening therapies used to treat auditory processing disorders. Includes description, duration, and associated research behind the therapies.
Marlee Matlin - An Interview with Marlee Matlin
An interview with Marlee Matlin, an actress who is deaf.
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 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.
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.
Deaf-Hearing Marriage
The reality of a deaf-hearing marriage.
Hearing Aids - Implantable Aids and Devices
Implantable hearing aids are a type of hearing aid that does not have any visible parts.
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.
What’s the History of Gallaudet University?
A brief look at the ongoing history of Gallaudet University.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Gay Community
The deaf and hard of hearing gay community.
Deanne Bray-Kotsur - Sue Thomas F.B.Eye Actress
Interview with Deanne Bray-Kotsur, who had starred in Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye.
Waardenburg Syndrome
Waardenburg syndrome can cause hearing loss, and several other symptoms as well.
Mumps Can Lead to Deafness
Mumps effects include deafness. Although the mumps have largely been reduced, the virus still exists.
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.
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 - ABC Stories
ABC stories are a fun way to express and practice the sign alphabet.
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 Literature - Stories and Poetry by Deaf...
Stories, poems, and autobiographies by About Deafness visitors.
Work and Being Deaf
Articles on employment within the deaf and hard of hearing community.
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.
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.
Bilateral Cochlear Implants
Bilateral implants are a growing option for deaf people with cochlear implants.
Phonak International
Profile of Phonak, a hearing aid manufacturer that is also known for their FM systems.
Helping Deaf People with Mental and Emotional...
Accessible mental health services for deaf people can be difficult to find.
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.
Sign Language - Sign Language in Spanish...
Spanish speaking countries such as Mexico have their own Spanish sign languages.
Cause of Hearing Loss - Glue Ear
Glue ear, or otitis media, is a common cause of hearing loss, especially in foreign countries.
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.
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.
Insound Medical Lyric Hearing Aid
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 3.
Deaf Community - Travel in the Deaf Community
Travel with a deaf flavor. Deafness.
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.
People - Thomas Alva Edison - Hearing Impaired...
Thomas Alva Edison not only was a great inventor, he was hearing impaired too.
Audiology - ABR versus OAE
Auditory brainstem response (ABR) and otoacoustic emissions testing (OAE) are compared in this article.
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.
Hearing Aids - Types
A wide variety of hearing aids are available.
Deaf Community - China
China has a large deaf population, plenty of schools, does research, and more.
Association of Sign Language Interpreters in...
India has a national association of sign language interpreters. About.com interviewed Arun Rao of India's ASLI about the founding of ASLI and its objectives and future.
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.
Use Sign Language in English Order With Signing...
A look at one form of communication and instruction, the use of Signing Exact English.
Lipreading (or Speechreading)
Lipreading, or speechreading, is an invaluable communications tool for deaf and hard of hearing people.
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.
Hearing - Unilateral Hearing Loss
A type of hearing loss that gets relatively little attention is unilateral hearing loss.
Deafness and Attention Deficit Disorder
It is hard to make a definite diagnosis of attention deficit disorder in a deaf child.

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