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Hearing Loss: Most Popular Articles

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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.
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.
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.
Do You Want to Become a Sign Language...
How to become an interpreter for deaf and hard of hearing people.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Hearing Loss?
Index of articles on causes of deafness and hearing loss.
What Is Low Frequency Hearing Loss and What...
Low frequency hearing loss is defined, along with its causes, how common it is, and treatment.
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.
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.
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 Is Tinnitus and What Causes It?
Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, can cause discomfort, but it is treatable.
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49 Famous and Historic Deaf (and Hearing) People
Articles on well-known figures in the deaf/hard of hearing community both contemporary and past.
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’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.
Cause of Hearing Loss: Meniere's Disease
Meniere's disease is a common disorder of dizziness and 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.
Deaf History - Martha's Vineyard
Martha's Vineyard island was a place where it was normal to be deaf.
What's the Salary of a Sign Language Interpreter?
How much salary does a sign language interpreter earn? It depends.
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 History Month
Deaf History Month is a month that celebrates key events in deaf history.
Deaf Education - Colleges for the Deaf
Colleges and universities just for deaf and hard of hearing students.
Can You Donate Used Hearing Aids?
What to do with used or unwanted hearing aids. Information on donation programs with domestic and international objectives.
10 Great Sign Language Dictionary Websites
Do you need to know how to sign a word? Check a sign language dictionary online.
The Story Behind Deafblind Triplet Daughters
Profile of a family with deafblind triplet daughters.
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.
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 - ABC Stories
ABC stories are a fun way to express and practice the sign alphabet.
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.
Deafness and Balance Problems
Balance problems are common among people with hearing loss.
How can I interpret my audiogram after a...
How to understand the audiogram you get after a hearing test.
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 to Communicate About Intimacy in Sign...
Sources of sign language words for common human sexuality terms.
What Is a Communication Access Realtime...
An increasingly popular alternative to an interpreter is the use of CART, or Computer Assisted Realtime Translation.
Cochlear Implant Surgery
What happens in a cochlear implant surgery.
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.
What Does Deaf Speech Sound Like?
About deaf speech and what it sounds like, plus the impact of speech intelligibility on deaf children.
Deaf Culture - Audism
Audism as it is defined in the deaf community, and resources on audism.
Evaluating for APD
auditory processing disorder APD problems listening
Cause of Hearing Loss: Meningitis
Meningitis a dangerous illness that can strike at any age, and victims that survive often suffer hearing loss.
The Foods That Are Best for Your Hearing
nutrition hearing loss antioxidants
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.
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.
When Was the First Cochlear Implant Invented?
A history of the cochlear implant, a surgically implanted device that helps deaf people to hear.
Problems With and Removing Ear Wax
Learn about ear wax and the problems it can cause, and also about ear wax removal.
Ear Wax and Hearing Aids
Wearing hearing aids or using an earmold can create a buildup of ear wax and lead to other problems.
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.
Deanne Bray-Kotsur - Sue Thomas F.B.Eye Actress
Interview with Deanne Bray-Kotsur, who had starred in Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye.
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.
Sign Language Alphabet
Fingerspell the letter F. Deafness. Page 6.
Sign Language - Signing Games
Can you use games to teach hearing people how to sign? Deaf Forum members respond, with examples.
How to Make the ‘I Love You’ Sign...
The I Love You handshape, perhaps the most recognized sign.
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 Literature - Poetry by Deaf and Hard of...
Poetry is a medium for expressing feelings about hearing loss.
Law, Legal Rights, and Deaf/Hard of Hearing...
Resources for learning more about laws and legislation that affects deaf and hard of hearing people.
People - Thomas Alva Edison - Hearing Impaired...
Thomas Alva Edison not only was a great inventor, he was hearing impaired too.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hearing Loss - Types, Degrees
Understanding the type and degree of hearing loss you or your child may have.
People - C.J. Jones
C.J. Jones has a long record as an deaf and African-American actor/comedian.
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.
Recycling Hearing Aid Batteries
Hearing aid batteries need to be disposed of safely, and recycled.
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 - Sign Language in Spanish...
Spanish speaking countries such as Mexico have their own Spanish sign languages.
People - Curtis Pride
Curtis Pride, a professional and minor league baseball player, happens to be deaf.
Workplace Harassment of Deaf and Hard of...
Some deaf and hard of hearing people face harassment on the job from supervisors and coworkers. What can they do?
Fluctuating Hearing Loss
A hearing loss that goes up and down is called a fluctuating hearing loss.
Sign Language Interpreters at Doctors,...
What the law says about deaf people and interpreters for doctors, dentists, and hospitals.
Sign Language - PSE
Pidgin Sign(ed) English is a form of sign language that is between ASL and English.
Jobs - Employment Resources in the Deaf Community
Resources for finding jobs in the deaf community.
Cochlear Implant
Suggestions and guidelines for people considering a cochlear implant for themselves, or for their children.
Pathological Point of View on Deafness versus...
There are two types of views of deafness - the pathological and the cultural.
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.
Audiology - ABR versus OAE
Auditory brainstem response (ABR) and otoacoustic emissions testing (OAE) are compared in this article.
Sign Language Interpreters - Registry of...
Profile of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, an international organization representing interpreters.
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 - Douglas Tilden - Famous Deaf Sculptor
Profile of the famous deaf sculptor Douglas Tilden.
People - Alexander Graham Bell and Deafness
Alexander Graham Bell and his connection to the deaf community.
Sign Language - Learning and Using Sign Language
A collection of articles about sign language.
Hearing Loss - Mild
Mild hearing loss may not appear that serious, but it does have its effects.
Why Can't My Child Listen?
why can't my child listen auditory processing disorder learning disability neurologic hearing problems
Internet Relay Services
A comparison of internet relay services for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Progressive Hearing Loss
Learn about progressive hearing loss, which is when hearing becomes worse over time due to a variety of causes.
Deaf Parents with Hearing Children
Resources for deaf people parenting hearing children.
How Can You Properly Take Care of Your Hearing...
How to care for hearing aids properly.
Profile of William C. Stokoe, Jr.
Profile of Dr. William C. Stokoe, Jr. whose research proved sign language is a true language.
Cause of Hearing Loss - Autoimmune Inner Ear...
Autoimmune inner ear disease is one of the lesser known causes of hearing loss.
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.
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.
Jobs - Information on Deafness for Employers
Information on deafness for employers, including the hiring process and on the job accomodation.
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.
Herpes Simplex and Hearing Loss
Herpes simplex is a known, rare cause of hearing loss.
Deafness and Hearing Loss
Deafness and hearing loss topics, ranging from sign language to causes of 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.
People - Andrew Foster
Andrew Foster is a deaf African American who started schools for the deaf in Africa.
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.
Deaf Community - South Africa
South Africa has a well-established deaf community, well-served by schools, organizations, service agencies, and more.
Work and Being Deaf
Articles on employment within the deaf and hard of hearing community.
Cochlear Implant Failure - Reimplantation and...
Newly implanted cochlear implants sometimes have to be removed and the patient re-implanted.
Hearing Loss and Women
hearing loss in women presbyacusis depression and hearing loss
Cochlear Implants - Facts
Basic facts on cochlear implants.
Sign Language - Letters K through T
Fingerspell the letter Q. Deafness. Page 7.
Lipreading Software
Lipreading software is available for use by people who want to learn how to lipread on their own.
What’s the History of Gallaudet University?
A brief look at the ongoing history of Gallaudet University.
Common Questions About Hearing Aid Batteries
Hearing aid batteries are the topic of this interview.
How Do We Hear?
Frequently asked questions about the basics of the ear.
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.
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?
Mumps Can Lead to Deafness
Mumps effects include deafness. Although the mumps have largely been reduced, the virus still exists.
Deaf History - Deaf Peddlers
Deaf peddling used to be a common thing; thankfully it is not anymore.
Deaf People with Autism
Some deaf children are also autistic.
People - Vinton Cerf
Vinton Cerf is known as the 'father of the internet' and he is hard of hearing.
FM Listening Systems
FM systems are an essential educational listening tool for deaf and hard of hearing children.
Lipreading (or Speechreading)
Lipreading, or speechreading, is an invaluable communications tool for deaf and hard of hearing people.
Hearing Aids - Insurance for Hearing Aids
Insurance coverage for hearing aids, or the lack thereof.
Before You Get Hearing Aids
Before you get hearing aids, you need to learn about different types of hearing aids, financing, care, and more.
Preventing Noise-Induced Hearing Loss
Loud noise can cause hearing loss and tinnitus. The louder a sound is, the faster it can damage your hearing.
Deaf Culture Basics
The deaf community in America has its own unique culture of art, theater, writing, and more.
Deaf Literature - Stories and Poetry by Deaf...
Stories, poems, and autobiographies by About Deafness visitors.
Deaf Fun - Glad to Be Deaf
Reasons to be glad to be deaf (or, benefits of being deaf).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cause of Hearing Loss - Genetics
Genetics and hearing loss and resources for more information including websites, books, and organizations doing research.
People - Lou Ferrigno - Hard of Hearing Actor
Lou Ferrigno, a hard of hearing actor and bodybuilder.
What Is Ear Candling?
Ear candling is said to be a means of removing ear wax.
What Is an Acoustic Neurinoma?
What an acoustic neurinoma is, what may cause one, treatment, and support for people with acoustic neurinomas.
Ear Tubes - Risks and Effectiveness
Are ear tubes effective for battling hearing loss due to fluid? Do the risks justify getting ear tubes?
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.
Deaf Community - India
Deafness information for India, including schools and nongovernmental organizations.
Using Baby Sign Language with Your Baby
Signing with babies, whether hearing or deaf, has proven to be beneficial.
Veterans and Hearing Loss
Veterans and hearing loss - what help is available for them? Page 2.
Health - Sex Education - Deaf Students
Sexuality and sex education resources for deaf students.
Christy Smith, Deaf 'Survivor'
Christy Smith, a deaf woman, was on the 'Survivor' reality show.
Cochlear Implant Cost
Why does a cochlear implant cost so much? Here are the factors influencing the total cost of a cochlear implant.
Multicultural - Deaf and African American
Deaf African American/black people.
Disposable Hearing Aids
Disposable hearing aids are an alternative to buying hearing aids the traditional way.
Sign Language - ASL Poetry
ASL poetry is the telling of poems, usually original poems, in sign language.
Sign Language Basics
Learn about sign language, its different flavors, and ways to have fun with sign language.
People - Deanne Bray - Deaf Actress and...
Deanne Bray, a deaf actress, stars in Sue Thomas, F.B.Eye, on the Pax channel.
Hearing Aids - Implantable Aids and Devices
Implantable hearing aids are a type of hearing aid that does not have any visible parts.
Deaf Timeline
Selected articles at About Deafness/HOH, organized in a timeline.
Gil Eastman - a Profile
Profile of Gil Eastman, a very accomplished deaf man who is remembered for several things, particularly his hosting of Deaf Mosaic.
Hearing Aids - Types
A wide variety of hearing aids are available.

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