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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.
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.
Do You Want to Become a Sign Language...
How to become an interpreter for deaf and hard of hearing people.
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.
Sign Language - Halloween Signs
Signs for words commonly associated with Halloween.
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.
Evaluating for APD
auditory processing disorder APD problems listening
What Are the Most Common Causes of Hearing Loss?
Index of articles on causes of deafness and hearing loss.
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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What's the Salary of a Sign Language Interpreter?
How much salary does a sign language interpreter earn? It depends.
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’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.
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 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.
How Do You Sign Popular Christmas Songs?
Sign language translations of Christmas songs and carols.
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.
Deaf Education - Colleges for the Deaf
Colleges and universities just for deaf and hard of hearing students.
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.
How to Make the ‘I Love You’ Sign...
The I Love You handshape, perhaps the most recognized sign.
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.
Cause of Hearing Loss: Meniere's Disease
Meniere's disease is a common disorder of dizziness and hearing loss.
How to Communicate About Intimacy in Sign...
Sources of sign language words for common human sexuality terms.
Sign Language Alphabet
Fingerspell the letter F. Deafness. Page 6.
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).
What Is Tinnitus and What Causes It?
Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, can cause discomfort, but it is treatable.
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.
Cause of Hearing Loss: Meningitis
Meningitis a dangerous illness that can strike at any age, and victims that survive often suffer hearing loss.
Cochlear Implant Surgery
What happens in a cochlear implant surgery.
Pathological Point of View on Deafness versus...
There are two types of views of deafness - the pathological and the cultural.
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.
Mumps Can Lead to Deafness
Mumps effects include deafness. Although the mumps have largely been reduced, the virus still exists.
Sign Language - Letters K through T
Fingerspell the letter Q. Deafness. Page 7.
Problems With and Removing Ear Wax
Learn about ear wax and the problems it can cause, and also about ear wax removal.
People - Thomas Alva Edison - Hearing Impaired...
Thomas Alva Edison not only was a great inventor, he was hearing impaired too.
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.
Can Ototoxic Drugs Cause Hearing Loss?
Ototoxic drugs can cause hearing loss, both temporary and permanent.
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.
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 Culture - "Cures" for Deafness
Until modern times, there were many
Internet Relay Services
A comparison of internet relay services for the deaf and hard of hearing.
How can I interpret my audiogram after a...
How to understand the audiogram you get after a hearing test.
Ear Wax and Hearing Aids
Wearing hearing aids or using an earmold can create a buildup of ear wax and lead to other problems.
Sign Language - Signing Games
Can you use games to teach hearing people how to sign? Deaf Forum members respond, with examples.
Deaf History and Heritage
Different aspects of deaf history and heritage, such as the Deaf President Now movement, and the history of cochlear implants.
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.
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.
Sign Language - Signing Animals
Sign language is used by gorillas and chimpanzees to communicate, as well as humans.
Hearing Loss - Mild
Mild hearing loss may not appear that serious, but it does have its effects.
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 - PSE
Pidgin Sign(ed) English is a form of sign language that is between ASL and English.
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.
What Does Deaf Speech Sound Like?
About deaf speech and what it sounds like, plus the impact of speech intelligibility on deaf children.
People - Alexander Graham Bell and Deafness
Alexander Graham Bell and his connection to the deaf community.
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.
People - Curtis Pride
Curtis Pride, a professional and minor league baseball player, happens to be deaf.
Deafness and Balance Problems
Balance problems are common among people with hearing loss.
Deanne Bray-Kotsur - Sue Thomas F.B.Eye Actress
Interview with Deanne Bray-Kotsur, who had starred in Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye.
People - C.J. Jones
C.J. Jones has a long record as an deaf and African-American actor/comedian.
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.
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.
Hearing Loss - Types, Degrees
Understanding the type and degree of hearing loss you or your child may have.
People - Douglas Tilden - Famous Deaf Sculptor
Profile of the famous deaf sculptor Douglas Tilden.
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.
Progressive Hearing Loss
Learn about progressive hearing loss, which is when hearing becomes worse over time due to a variety of causes.
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.
Deafness and Hearing Loss
Deafness and hearing loss topics, ranging from sign language to causes of hearing loss.
Sign Language Interpreters at Doctors,...
What the law says about deaf people and interpreters for doctors, dentists, and hospitals.
Jobs - Employment Resources in the Deaf Community
Resources for finding jobs in the deaf community.
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.
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 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 Culture Basics
The deaf community in America has its own unique culture of art, theater, writing, and more.
What Is an Acoustic Neurinoma?
What an acoustic neurinoma is, what may cause one, treatment, and support for people with acoustic neurinomas.
Cochlear Implant
Suggestions and guidelines for people considering a cochlear implant for themselves, or for their children.
Fluctuating Hearing Loss
A hearing loss that goes up and down is called a fluctuating hearing loss.
People - Andrew Foster
Andrew Foster is a deaf African American who started schools for the deaf in Africa.
Recycling Hearing Aid Batteries
Hearing aid batteries need to be disposed of safely, and recycled.
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.
Work and Being Deaf
Articles on employment within the deaf and hard of hearing community.
Nutrition and Hearing Loss
nutrition hearing loss antioxidants
Lipreading (or Speechreading)
Lipreading, or speechreading, is an invaluable communications tool for deaf and hard of hearing people.
People - Vinton Cerf
Vinton Cerf is known as the 'father of the internet' and he is hard of hearing.
Sign Language - Sign Language in Spanish...
Spanish speaking countries such as Mexico have their own Spanish sign languages.
Sign Language - Letters U through Y
Fingerspell the letter X. Deafness. Page 4.
Audiology - ABR versus OAE
Auditory brainstem response (ABR) and otoacoustic emissions testing (OAE) are compared in this article.
What Causes My Ears to Ring?
Have ringing in the ears? Learn about the causes of tinnitus in this informative article.
Deaf Parents with Hearing Children
Resources for deaf people parenting hearing children.
Law, Legal Rights, and Deaf/Hard of Hearing...
Resources for learning more about laws and legislation that affects deaf and hard of hearing people.
Deaf History - Deaf Peddlers
Deaf peddling used to be a common thing; thankfully it is not anymore.
How Can You Properly Take Care of Your Hearing...
How to care for hearing aids properly.
Herpes Simplex and Hearing Loss
Herpes simplex is a known, rare cause of hearing loss.
Deaf Literature - Poetry by Deaf and Hard of...
Poetry is a medium for expressing feelings about hearing loss.
Cause of Hearing Loss - Autoimmune Inner Ear...
Autoimmune inner ear disease is one of the lesser known causes of hearing loss.
Sign Language - Learning and Using Sign Language
A collection of articles about sign language.
Deaf People with Autism
Some deaf children are also autistic.
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.
Popular Cochlear Implant Articles
The most popular cochlear implant articles at About.com: Deafness.
Health - Mental Health Services - Deaf
Accessible mental health services for deaf people can be difficult to find.
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.
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.
Signing Games
Forum members answer a question about sign language games for learning sign language. Page 3.
Common Questions About Hearing Aid Batteries
Hearing aid batteries are the topic of this interview.
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 Culture - Deaf Theatre
Deaf theatre past and present, education in deaf theatre, resources on deaf theatre, and deaf playwrights.
Jobs - Information on Deafness for Employers
Information on deafness for employers, including the hiring process and on the job accomodation.
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?
How Do We Hear?
Frequently asked questions about the basics of the ear.
Sign Language - ASL Poetry
ASL poetry is the telling of poems, usually original poems, in sign language.
Deaf Literature - Stories and Poetry by Deaf...
Stories, poems, and autobiographies by About Deafness visitors.
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 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.
Deaf and Music
Music can be enjoyed by and plays an important role in education for deaf people.
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
Kids of Deaf Adults
An organization for kids with deaf parents.
Deaf-Hearing Marriage
The reality of a deaf-hearing marriage.
People - Louis Frisino
A look at the career of Louis Frisino, a deaf artist.
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.
People - Deanne Bray - Deaf Actress and...
Deanne Bray, a deaf actress, stars in Sue Thomas, F.B.Eye, on the Pax channel.
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.
What Happened During the Unity for Gallaudet...
Profile of the Unity for Gallaudet protest movement that fought for the future of the college, ousted one incoming president and brought in another.
Hearing Aids - Digital Technology versus Analog...
Readers discuss and compare digital and analog hearing aids, which are the primary technologies used in hearing aids.
Where Can I Find Sign Language Clip Art?
Answers the question where sign language clip art and digital tools can be found.
Ear Tubes - Risks and Effectiveness
Are ear tubes effective for battling hearing loss due to fluid? Do the risks justify getting ear tubes?
Before You Get Hearing Aids
Before you get hearing aids, you need to learn about different types of hearing aids, financing, care, and more.
Hearing Aids - Implantable Aids and Devices
Implantable hearing aids are a type of hearing aid that does not have any visible parts.
Robert Weitbrecht - Inventor of the TTY
Profile of deaf inventor Robert Weitbrecht, who invented the telphone typewriter (TTY).
Learn About Kenny Walker, a Deaf Football Player
A look at the career of a deaf professional football player named Kenny Walker.
Cochlear Implant Rehabilitation
The real work begins after receiving a cochlear implant. Rehabilitation therapy is necessary to get the most benefit from an implant.
Cause of Hearing Loss - Sudden Deafness
More people lose their hearing suddenly than you might think.
Signs for Food
Examples of how to sign words related to food.
My Cochlear Implant Story - Part One
My own experience of getting a cochlear implant.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Gay Community
The deaf and hard of hearing gay community.
People - Luther "Dummy" Taylor - Deaf...
Dummy Taylor's Birth, Life, and Death: His real name was Luther Haden Taylor. "Dummy" Taylor was born
Everything You Need to Know About Thomas H....
Thomas H. Gallaudet is the father of deaf education in the United States.
30 Tips, Tricks, and Techniques for Troubleshoo...
Tips and techniques to try before you call the audiologist when your hearing aid stops working.
Hearing Aids - Insurance for Hearing Aids
Insurance coverage for hearing aids, or the lack thereof.
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.
Sign Language Interpreting for the Deaf and...
Articles about interpreters and interpreting for the deaf.
Deaf Community - South Africa
South Africa has a well-established deaf community, well-served by schools, organizations, service agencies, and more.
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.
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