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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.
Do You Want to Become a Sign Language...
How to become an interpreter for deaf and hard of hearing people.
What's the Salary of a Sign Language Interpreter?
How much salary does a sign language interpreter earn? It depends.
Evaluating for APD
auditory processing disorder APD problems listening
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.
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.
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 Is Low Frequency Hearing Loss and What...
Low frequency hearing loss is defined, along with its causes, how common it is, and treatment.
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.
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 Are the Most Common Causes of Hearing Loss?
Index of articles on causes of deafness and hearing loss.
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.
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 Is a Communication Access Realtime...
An increasingly popular alternative to an interpreter is the use of CART, or Computer Assisted Realtime Translation.
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.
3 Ways to Build a Better Hearing Brain
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How to Communicate About Intimacy in Sign...
Sources of sign language words for common human sexuality terms.
Internet Relay Services
A comparison of internet relay services for the deaf and hard of hearing.
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).
Can You Donate Used Hearing Aids?
What to do with used or unwanted hearing aids. Information on donation programs with domestic and international objectives.
Summer Care for Your Hearing Aids
Can I wear hearing aids on airplane hearing aids and flying summer weather hearing aid problems
How to Make the ‘I Love You’ Sign...
The I Love You handshape, perhaps the most recognized sign.
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.
The Story Behind Deafblind Triplet Daughters
Profile of a family with deafblind triplet daughters.
Deaf Education - Colleges for the Deaf
Colleges and universities just for deaf and hard of hearing students.
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.
Cause of Hearing Loss: Meniere's Disease
Meniere's disease is a common disorder of dizziness and hearing loss.
Christy Smith, Deaf 'Survivor'
Christy Smith, a deaf woman, was on the 'Survivor' reality show.
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.
What Is Tinnitus and What Causes It?
Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, can cause discomfort, but it is treatable.
How Can You Properly Take Care of Your Hearing...
How to care for hearing aids properly.
Deaf History - Martha's Vineyard
Martha's Vineyard island was a place where it was normal to be deaf.
Cause of Hearing Loss: Meningitis
Meningitis a dangerous illness that can strike at any age, and victims that survive often suffer hearing loss.
Jobs - Employment Resources in the Deaf Community
Resources for finding jobs in the deaf community.
Hearing Loss - Mild
Mild hearing loss may not appear that serious, but it does have its effects.
Can Ototoxic Drugs Cause Hearing Loss?
Ototoxic drugs can cause hearing loss, both temporary and permanent.
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.
TypeWell - Speech to Text Transcription
TypeWell is a speech to text transcription service for deaf and hard of hearing students.
Problems With and Removing Ear Wax
Learn about ear wax and the problems it can cause, and also about ear wax removal.
Cochlear Implant Surgery
What happens in a cochlear implant surgery.
Sign Language Interpreters at Doctors,...
What the law says about deaf people and interpreters for doctors, dentists, and hospitals.
Deaf Culture - Big D Small D
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Sign Language - Sign Language in Spanish...
Spanish speaking countries such as Mexico have their own Spanish sign languages.
Deaf Culture - Audism
Audism as it is defined in the deaf community, and resources on audism.
How can I interpret my audiogram after a...
How to understand the audiogram you get after a hearing test.
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.
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.
Ear Wax and Hearing Aids
Wearing hearing aids or using an earmold can create a buildup of ear wax and lead to other problems.
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.
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.
Sign Language - Signing Games
Can you use games to teach hearing people how to sign? Deaf Forum members respond, with examples.
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.
Deanne Bray-Kotsur - Sue Thomas F.B.Eye Actress
Interview with Deanne Bray-Kotsur, who had starred in Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye.
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.
Deaf Community - Australia
This installment of the international serial looks at the deaf community of Australia.
What Does Deaf Speech Sound Like?
About deaf speech and what it sounds like, plus the impact of speech intelligibility on deaf children.
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 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.
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.
Herpes Simplex and Hearing Loss
Herpes simplex is a known, rare cause of hearing loss.
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.
Cause of Hearing Loss - Autoimmune Inner Ear...
Autoimmune inner ear disease is one of the lesser known causes of hearing loss.
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.
Deafness and Balance Problems
Balance problems are common among people with hearing loss.
Sign Language Alphabet
Fingerspell the letter F. Deafness. Page 6.
Law, Legal Rights, and Deaf/Hard of Hearing...
Resources for learning more about laws and legislation that affects deaf and hard of hearing people.
The Effect of Hearing Loss on Development
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People - Lou Ferrigno - Hard of Hearing Actor
Lou Ferrigno, a hard of hearing actor and bodybuilder.
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.
6 Signs it May Be Time for New Hearing Aids
6 signs your hearing aids need to be replaced
Four Ways to Help a Child with Auditory...
Decoding Auditory Decoding Auditory Processing Disorder APD Help for APD
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.
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.
Hearing Loss - Types, Degrees
Understanding the type and degree of hearing loss you or your child may have.
Cause of Hearing Loss - Sudden Deafness
More people lose their hearing suddenly than you might think.
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.
Australian Sign Language - Auslan
Auslan is the sign language of Australia. Resources for learning Auslan.
Cochlear Implant Failure - Reimplantation and...
Newly implanted cochlear implants sometimes have to be removed and the patient re-implanted.
People - Vinton Cerf
Vinton Cerf is known as the 'father of the internet' and he is hard of hearing.
Work and Being Deaf
Articles on employment within the deaf and hard of hearing community.
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.
Common Questions About Hearing Aid Batteries
Hearing aid batteries are the topic of this interview.
Sign Language - Learning and Using Sign Language
A collection of articles about sign language.
Deaf Culture - Deaf Community Acceptance
Forum members discuss being accepted by the Deaf community.
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 Parents with Hearing Children
Resources for deaf people parenting hearing children.
Lipreading (or Speechreading)
Lipreading, or speechreading, is an invaluable communications tool for deaf and hard of hearing people.
Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss
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Gallaudet Murders Arrest
Joseph Mesa Gallaudet University deaf hard of hearing murders
Fluctuating Hearing Loss
A hearing loss that goes up and down is called a fluctuating hearing loss.
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.
People - Alexander Graham Bell and Deafness
Alexander Graham Bell and his connection to the deaf community.
Before You Get Hearing Aids
Before you get hearing aids, you need to learn about different types of hearing aids, financing, care, and more.
Deaf History - Deaf Peddlers
Deaf peddling used to be a common thing; thankfully it is not anymore.
Recycling Hearing Aid Batteries
Hearing aid batteries need to be disposed of safely, and recycled.
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 History - Thomas H. Gallaudet Stamp
Thomas H. Gallaudet is one of the few people in deaf history to be honored on a postage stamp.
Deaf Culture Basics
The deaf community in America has its own unique culture of art, theater, writing, and more.
Ear Tubes - Risks and Effectiveness
Are ear tubes effective for battling hearing loss due to fluid? Do the risks justify getting ear tubes?
Progressive Hearing Loss
Learn about progressive hearing loss, which is when hearing becomes worse over time due to a variety of causes.
Deaf Community - South Africa
South Africa has a well-established deaf community, well-served by schools, organizations, service agencies, and more.
Hearing Aids - Insurance for Hearing Aids
Insurance coverage for hearing aids, or the lack thereof.
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.
Sign Language - Letters K through T
Fingerspell the letter Q. Deafness. Page 7.
Deaf-Hearing Marriage
The reality of a deaf-hearing marriage.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Gay Community
The deaf and hard of hearing gay community.
Top 10 Books for Learning Sign Language
Top sign language books and dictionaries, from your About.com Guide.
Deaf Community - India
Deafness information for India, including schools and nongovernmental organizations.
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 Can't My Child Listen?
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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.
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.
Mumps Can Lead to Deafness
Mumps effects include deafness. Although the mumps have largely been reduced, the virus still exists.
Cochlear Implant
Suggestions and guidelines for people considering a cochlear implant for themselves, or for their children.
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.
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.
Sign Language Interpreters - Interpreter...
Finding an interpreter to hire can be challenging. Here is a list of interpreting directories, state by state.
Katie LeClerc - Switched at Birth Star
Profile of Switched at Birth actress Katie LeClerc who plays Daphne.
Discuss Helen Keller
Forum members discuss that inspirational deafblind woman, Helen Keller.
Lipreading Software
Lipreading software is available for use by people who want to learn how to lipread on their own.
Presbycusis: Age-Related Hearing Loss
Hearing loss due to aging is known as presbycusis.
Signs for Food
Examples of how to sign words related to food.
What information is there on attention deficit...
Resources on attention deficit disorder and deafness.
Waardenburg Syndrome
Waardenburg syndrome can cause hearing loss, and several other symptoms as well.
Sign Language - Deaf Attitudes
About.com forum members learning sign language share their positive and negative encounters with deaf people.
Health - Mental Health Services - Deaf
Accessible mental health services for deaf people can be difficult to find.
Marlee Matlin Biography
Actress Marlee Matlin, Academy Award-winning actress and star of the 2008 cast of Dancing With the Stars, is perhaps one of the more well-known deaf individuals. Read more about Marlee Matlin.
The Top 10 Places to Get Sign Language...
The most popular sign language articles at About.com:Deafness.
Audiology - ABR versus OAE
Auditory brainstem response (ABR) and otoacoustic emissions testing (OAE) are compared in this article.
People - Deanne Bray - Deaf Actress and...
Deanne Bray, a deaf actress, stars in Sue Thomas, F.B.Eye, on the Pax channel.
CMV: the second leading cause of hearing loss...
CMV cytomegalovirus causes of hearing loss in children causes of late onset hearing loss in children
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.
Deaf Churches
Churches of, and for, deaf people.
Deaf People with Autism
Some deaf children are also autistic.
Late Deafened - Denial of Hearing Loss
Both older people and younger ones may deny that they have a hearing loss when they begin to lose hearing.
Deafness and Hearing Loss
Deafness and hearing loss topics, ranging from sign language to causes of hearing loss.
How Do We Hear?
Frequently asked questions about the basics of the ear.
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.
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.
Veterans and Hearing Loss
Veterans and hearing loss - what help is available for them? Page 2.
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.
Cochlear Implant Rehabilitation
The real work begins after receiving a cochlear implant. Rehabilitation therapy is necessary to get the most benefit from an implant.
See If Your Baby Has a Hearing Loss
Does your baby have a hearing loss? Here are some suggestions for checking to see if your baby has a hearing loss.
Marlee Matlin - An Interview with Marlee Matlin
An interview with Marlee Matlin, an actress who is deaf.
Hearing Loss and Women
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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 Movies
These are the best movies about deafness that I have seen, or that are recommended by About.com: Deafness visitors.
Hot Weather Protection for Hearing Aids
Summertime brings heat, humidity, and wetness - how do you protect your hearing aid?
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