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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.
What's the Salary of a Sign Language Interpreter?
How much salary does a sign language interpreter earn? It depends.
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.
Evaluating for APD
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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.
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.
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.
10 Great Sign Language Dictionary Websites
Do you need to know how to sign a word? Check a sign language dictionary online.
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.
49 Famous and Historic Deaf (and Hearing) People
Articles on well-known figures in the deaf/hard of hearing community both contemporary and past.
Deaf Culture - Big D Small D
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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 a Communication Access Realtime...
An increasingly popular alternative to an interpreter is the use of CART, or Computer Assisted Realtime Translation.
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 to Communicate About Intimacy in Sign...
Sources of sign language words for common human sexuality terms.
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.
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 Education - Colleges for the Deaf
Colleges and universities just for deaf and hard of hearing students.
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 Culture - Audism
Audism as it is defined in the deaf community, and resources on audism.
How to Make the ‘I Love You’ Sign...
The I Love You handshape, perhaps the most recognized sign.
Deanne Bray-Kotsur - Sue Thomas F.B.Eye Actress
Interview with Deanne Bray-Kotsur, who had starred in Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye.
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.
Deaf History - Martha's Vineyard
Martha's Vineyard island was a place where it was normal to be deaf.
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).
Hearing Loss - Mild
Mild hearing loss may not appear that serious, but it does have its effects.
What Is Tinnitus and What Causes It?
Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, can cause discomfort, but it is treatable.
Cause of Hearing Loss: Meniere's Disease
Meniere's disease is a common disorder of dizziness and hearing loss.
Sign Language Alphabet
Fingerspell the letter G. Deafness. Page 7.
The Story Behind Deafblind Triplet Daughters
Profile of a family with deafblind triplet daughters.
Lipreading (or Speechreading)
Lipreading, or speechreading, is an invaluable communications tool for deaf and hard of hearing people.
How Can You Properly Take Care of Your Hearing...
How to care for hearing aids properly.
Sign Language - Letters K through T
Fingerspell the letter Q. Deafness. Page 7.
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.
When Sound Hurts
Why some children are so sensitive to sound and how to treat this condition.
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.
Can Ototoxic Drugs Cause Hearing Loss?
Ototoxic drugs can cause hearing loss, both temporary and permanent.
People - Deanne Bray - Deaf Actress and...
Deanne Bray, a deaf actress, stars in Sue Thomas, F.B.Eye, on the Pax channel.
Sign Language Interpreters at Doctors,...
What the law says about deaf people and interpreters for doctors, dentists, and hospitals.
Problems With and Removing Ear Wax
Learn about ear wax and the problems it can cause, and also about ear wax removal.
When Was the First Cochlear Implant Invented?
A history of the cochlear implant, a surgically implanted device that helps deaf people to hear.
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.
Audiology - ABR versus OAE
Auditory brainstem response (ABR) and otoacoustic emissions testing (OAE) are compared in this article.
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.
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.
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.
Christy Smith, Deaf 'Survivor'
Christy Smith, a deaf woman, was on the 'Survivor' reality show.
Sign Language - Sign Language in Spanish...
Spanish speaking countries such as Mexico have their own Spanish sign languages.
Cochlear Implant Surgery
What happens in a cochlear implant surgery.
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.
Recycling Hearing Aid Batteries
Hearing aid batteries need to be disposed of safely, and recycled.
Hearing Loss and Women
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Hearing Loss - Types, Degrees
Understanding the type and degree of hearing loss you or your child may have.
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.
What Does Deaf Speech Sound Like?
About deaf speech and what it sounds like, plus the impact of speech intelligibility on deaf children.
Deaf Literature - Poetry by Deaf and Hard of...
Poetry is a medium for expressing feelings about hearing loss.
Ear Wax and Hearing Aids
Wearing hearing aids or using an earmold can create a buildup of ear wax and lead to other problems.
How can I interpret my audiogram after a...
How to understand the audiogram you get after a hearing test.
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 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.
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 - Sudden Deafness
More people lose their hearing suddenly than you might think.
Sign Language - ABC Stories
ABC stories are a fun way to express and practice the sign alphabet.
Deafness and Balance Problems
Balance problems are common among people with hearing loss.
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 and the Brain
One of my favorite classes in grad school was brain anatomy; but, the day we dissected a real brain was a letdown. This was what controlled our thought,
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.
Cochlear Implant Failure - Reimplantation and...
Newly implanted cochlear implants sometimes have to be removed and the patient re-implanted.
Baby Sign Language Books
Books for teaching sign language to your baby.
Deaf Community - South Africa
South Africa has a well-established deaf community, well-served by schools, organizations, service agencies, 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.
Gallaudet Murders Arrest
Joseph Mesa Gallaudet University deaf hard of hearing murders
Common Questions About Hearing Aid Batteries
Hearing aid batteries are the topic of this interview.
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.
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.
Hearing Aids - Insurance for Hearing Aids
Insurance coverage for hearing aids, or the lack thereof.
Law, Legal Rights, and Deaf/Hard of Hearing...
Resources for learning more about laws and legislation that affects deaf and hard of hearing people.
Top 10 Books for Learning Sign Language
Top sign language books and dictionaries, from your About.com Guide.
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 Implant
Suggestions and guidelines for people considering a cochlear implant for themselves, or for their children.
Deaf Culture - Deaf Community Acceptance
Forum members discuss being accepted by the Deaf community.
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.
Waardenburg Syndrome
Waardenburg syndrome can cause hearing loss, and several other symptoms as well.
Cause of Hearing Loss - Autoimmune Inner Ear...
Autoimmune inner ear disease is one of the lesser known causes of hearing loss.
Fluctuating Hearing Loss
A hearing loss that goes up and down is called a fluctuating 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.
People - Alexander Graham Bell and Deafness
Alexander Graham Bell and his connection to the deaf community.
Lipreading Software
Lipreading software is available for use by people who want to learn how to lipread on their own.
Australian Sign Language - Auslan
Auslan is the sign language of Australia. Resources for learning Auslan.
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.
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.
Nutrition and hearing loss
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Marlee Matlin - An Interview with Marlee Matlin
An interview with Marlee Matlin, an actress who is deaf.
Sign Language - Letters U through Y
Fingerspell the letter X. Deafness. Page 4.
Sign Language Interpreting for the Deaf and...
Articles about interpreters and interpreting for the deaf.
Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss
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FM Listening Systems
FM systems are an essential educational listening tool for deaf and hard of hearing children.
Sign Language - Why Learn Sign
Why learn sign language was discussed by forum members.
Deaf People with Autism
Some deaf children are also autistic.
6 Reasons People Don't Get Hearing Aids - and...
There are many reasons people with hearing loss do not purchase hearing aids. This article looks at common reasons and how to address these concerns.
Deaf Literature - Stories and Poetry by Deaf...
Stories, poems, and autobiographies by About Deafness visitors.
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.
Sign Language - Learning and Using Sign Language
A collection of articles about sign language.
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 and Hard of Hearing Gay Community
The deaf and hard of hearing gay community.
Deaf and Music
Music can be enjoyed by and plays an important role in education for deaf people.
Herpes Simplex and Hearing Loss
Herpes simplex is a known, rare cause of hearing loss.
Hearing Aids - Digital Technology versus Analog...
Readers discuss and compare digital and analog hearing aids, which are the primary technologies used in hearing aids.
Deaf Culture - Television Programming for the...
Television shows and internet video for the deaf and hard of hearing, usually in sign language with captions.
Why Can't My Child Listen?
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Deaf Culture Basics
The deaf community in America has its own unique culture of art, theater, writing, and more.
Sign Language - PSE
Pidgin Sign(ed) English is a form of sign language that is between ASL and English.
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.
How Do You Sign Popular Christmas Songs?
Sign language translations of Christmas songs and carols.
Work and Being Deaf
Articles on employment within the deaf and hard of hearing community.
Deaf Community - India
Deafness information for India, including schools and nongovernmental organizations.
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.
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?
Board Games for Listening and Learning
Board games are an inexpensive way to bring families together while building skills necessary for improving memory, attention, and auditory processing speed.
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.
Deaf History - Deaf Peddlers
Deaf peddling used to be a common thing; thankfully it is not anymore.
Deaf-Hearing Marriage
The reality of a deaf-hearing marriage.
Articles - Deaf Culture and Deaf Heritage
Deaf culture and deaf heritage articles.
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.
Deafness and Hearing Loss
Deafness and hearing loss topics, ranging from sign language to causes of hearing loss.
Mumps Can Lead to Deafness
Mumps effects include deafness. Although the mumps have largely been reduced, the virus still exists.
Veterans and Hearing Loss
Veterans and hearing loss - what help is available for them? Page 2.
Deaf Parents with Hearing Children
Resources for deaf people parenting hearing children.
Ear Tubes - Risks and Effectiveness
Are ear tubes effective for battling hearing loss due to fluid? Do the risks justify getting ear tubes?
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.
Sign Language - Deaf Attitudes
About.com forum members learning sign language share their positive and negative encounters with deaf people.
People - Andrew Foster
Andrew Foster is a deaf African American who started schools for the deaf in Africa.
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.
You Have to Be Deaf to Understand - Never Mind
- Ameslan, an About Deafness forum member You Have to Be Deaf to Understand I have experienced this myself,
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.
Popular Cochlear Implant Articles
The most popular cochlear implant articles at About.com: Deafness.
Using Baby Sign Language with Your Baby
Signing with babies, whether hearing or deaf, has proven to be beneficial.
Cause of Hearing Loss - Otosclerosis
Learn about otosclerosis and hearing loss.
Articles - National and International Deaf and...
National and international organizations for deaf and hard of hearing people.
People - Lou Ferrigno - Hard of Hearing Actor
Lou Ferrigno, a hard of hearing actor and bodybuilder.
Sign Language - Colors
Signs for different colors. Colors included are red, blue, yellow, green, orange, brown, purple, black, and white.
People - Thomas Alva Edison - Hearing Impaired...
Thomas Alva Edison not only was a great inventor, he was hearing impaired too.
Sign Language Interpreters - Interpreter...
Finding an interpreter to hire can be challenging. Here is a list of interpreting directories, state by state.
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