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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.
Do You Want to Become a Sign Language...
How to become an interpreter for deaf and hard of hearing people.
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.
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.
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.
Deaf History - Martha's Vineyard
Martha's Vineyard island was a place where it was normal to be deaf.
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.
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.
An Often Overlooked Cause of Fatigue
People with hearing loss often experience fatigue, depression, stress, and anxiety. Properly fit hearing aids help alleviate these symptoms.
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.
49 Famous and Historic Deaf (and Hearing) People
Articles on well-known figures in the deaf/hard of hearing community both contemporary and past.
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.
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.
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.
What's the Salary of a Sign Language Interpreter?
How much salary does a sign language interpreter earn? It depends.
The Story Behind Deafblind Triplet Daughters
Profile of a family with deafblind triplet daughters.
Deaf Culture - Audism
Audism as it is defined in the deaf community, and resources on audism.
Cause of Hearing Loss: Meniere's Disease
Meniere's disease is a common disorder of dizziness and hearing loss.
Deaf Education - Colleges for the Deaf
Colleges and universities just for deaf and hard of hearing students.
Sign Language - ABC Stories
ABC stories are a fun way to express and practice the sign alphabet.
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.
The Very Real Dangers of Q-Tips
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How to Communicate About Intimacy in Sign...
Sources of sign language words for common human sexuality terms.
Pathological Point of View on Deafness versus...
There are two types of views of deafness - the pathological and the cultural.
Law, Legal Rights, and Deaf/Hard of Hearing...
Resources for learning more about laws and legislation that affects deaf and hard of hearing people.
What Is a Communication Access Realtime...
An increasingly popular alternative to an interpreter is the use of CART, or Computer Assisted Realtime Translation.
Cause of Hearing Loss: Meningitis
Meningitis a dangerous illness that can strike at any age, and victims that survive often suffer 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.
Can Ototoxic Drugs Cause Hearing Loss?
Ototoxic drugs can cause hearing loss, both temporary and permanent.
When Was the First Cochlear Implant Invented?
A history of the cochlear implant, a surgically implanted device that helps deaf people to hear.
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.
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.
10 Great Sign Language Dictionary Websites
Do you need to know how to sign a word? Check a sign language dictionary online.
Sign Language - Signing Games
Can you use games to teach hearing people how to sign? Deaf Forum members respond, with examples.
Deaf Literature - Poetry by Deaf and Hard of...
Poetry is a medium for expressing feelings about hearing loss.
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.
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.
How to Make the ‘I Love You’ Sign...
The I Love You handshape, perhaps the most recognized sign.
Cochlear Implant Surgery
What happens in a cochlear implant surgery.
Deafness and Balance Problems
Balance problems are common among people with hearing loss.
Mother, Father Deaf Day
About a day to honor deaf parents of hearing children.
What are Ear Tubes?
Ear tubes are tiny cylinders placed through the ear drum (tympanic membrane) to allow air into the middle ear. They also may be called tympanostomy tubes, myringotomy tubes, ventilation tubes, or PE (pressure equalization) tubes.
Deanne Bray-Kotsur - Sue Thomas F.B.Eye Actress
Interview with Deanne Bray-Kotsur, who had starred in Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye.
Auditory Processing Disorder in Adults
Auditory processing disorder is usually thought of as a child's learning disability, but many adults have APD or are at risk of acquiring APD as they age.
Deaf Culture - "Cures" for Deafness
Until modern times, there were many
How can I interpret my audiogram after a...
How to understand the audiogram you get after a hearing test.
Problems With and Removing Ear Wax
Learn about ear wax and the problems it can cause, and also about ear wax removal.
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.
Sign Language Alphabet
Fingerspell the letter F. Deafness. Page 6.
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.
Sign Language Interpreters - Registry of...
Profile of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, an international organization representing interpreters.
What Does Deaf Speech Sound Like?
About deaf speech and what it sounds like, plus the impact of speech intelligibility on deaf children.
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.
Cochlear Implant
Suggestions and guidelines for people considering a cochlear implant for themselves, or for their children.
People - Douglas Tilden - Famous Deaf Sculptor
Profile of the famous deaf sculptor Douglas Tilden.
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.
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.
Progressive Hearing Loss
Learn about progressive hearing loss, which is when hearing becomes worse over time due to a variety of causes.
Deaf Culture Basics
The deaf community in America has its own unique culture of art, theater, writing, and more.
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 Loss and Dementia
Researchers are looking at the link between hearing loss and dementia.
Lipreading Software
Lipreading software is available for use by people who want to learn how to lipread on their own.
Deaf History and Heritage
Different aspects of deaf history and heritage, such as the Deaf President Now movement, and the history of cochlear implants.
A Simple Guide for Understanding Hearing Loss...
Overview of the terms used to describe types of hearing loss.
Fluctuating Hearing Loss
A hearing loss that goes up and down is called a fluctuating 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.
People - Thomas Alva Edison - Hearing Impaired...
Thomas Alva Edison not only was a great inventor, he was hearing impaired too.
Hearing Loss - Mild
Mild hearing loss may not appear that serious, but it does have its effects.
Audiology - ABR versus OAE
Auditory brainstem response (ABR) and otoacoustic emissions testing (OAE) are compared in this article.
Hearing Loss - Types, Degrees
Understanding the type and degree of hearing loss you or your child may have.
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.
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 - Autoimmune Inner Ear...
Autoimmune inner ear disease is one of the lesser known causes of hearing loss.
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.
Sign Language Interpreters at Doctors,...
What the law says about deaf people and interpreters for doctors, dentists, and hospitals.
Deaf Timeline
Selected articles at About Deafness/HOH, organized in a timeline.
People - Curtis Pride
Curtis Pride, a professional and minor league baseball player, happens to be deaf.
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.
Sign Language - Sign Language in Spanish...
Spanish speaking countries such as Mexico have their own Spanish sign languages.
How Do We Hear?
Frequently asked questions about the basics of the ear.
Sign Language - Letters K through T
Fingerspell the letter Q. Deafness. Page 7.
Where are deaf event calendars to aid social...
It can be difficult to keep track of all the social and professional events in the deaf community. This FAQ page refers resources for finding and tracking deaf community events.
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.
How Can You Properly Take Care of Your Hearing...
How to care for hearing aids properly.
Sign Language - ASL Poetry
ASL poetry is the telling of poems, usually original poems, in 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.
Deafness and Hearing Loss
Deafness and hearing loss topics, ranging from sign language to causes of hearing loss.
What’s the History of Gallaudet University?
A brief look at the ongoing history of Gallaudet University.
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.
Jobs - Employment Resources in the Deaf Community
Resources for finding jobs in the deaf community.
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 History - Deaf Peddlers
Deaf peddling used to be a common thing; thankfully it is not anymore.
Deaf History Month
Deaf History Month is a month that celebrates key events in deaf history.
Herpes Simplex and Hearing Loss
Herpes simplex is a known, rare cause of hearing loss.
What Is an Acoustic Neurinoma?
What an acoustic neurinoma is, what may cause one, treatment, and support for people with acoustic neurinomas.
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.
Work and Being Deaf
Articles on employment within the deaf and hard of hearing community.
Recycling Hearing Aid Batteries
Hearing aid batteries need to be disposed of safely, and recycled.
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.
Veterans and Hearing Loss
Veterans and hearing loss - what help is available for them? Page 2.
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 Who Hear in Colors
Synesthesia is a rare condition in which senses are cross-wired. In some people, sounds are seen as colors. This is called chromesthesia. Famous people with this condition include: Duke Ellington, Tori Amos, John Mayer, Stevie Wonder, Mozart, and Jimi Hendrix.
Cochlear Implant Failure - Reimplantation and...
Newly implanted cochlear implants sometimes have to be removed and the patient re-implanted.
Waardenburg Syndrome
Waardenburg syndrome can cause hearing loss, and several other symptoms as well.
Sign Language - PSE
Pidgin Sign(ed) English is a form of sign language that is between ASL and English.
Lipreading (or Speechreading)
Lipreading, or speechreading, is an invaluable communications tool for deaf and hard of hearing people.
Ototoxic Drugs
Many drugs are known for their ototoxic side effects. These are just a few of them.
Deaf and Music
Music can be enjoyed by and plays an important role in education for deaf people.
Deaf People with Autism
Some deaf children are also autistic.
People - Andrew Foster
Andrew Foster is a deaf African American who started schools for the deaf in Africa.
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.
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.
Deaf People in Prison
Deaf people in prison, and a deaf prison ministry network.
Before You Get Hearing Aids
Before you get hearing aids, you need to learn about different types of hearing aids, financing, care, 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.
Deaf Community - Los Angeles
A look at the deaf community of Los Angeles, California.
Cause of Hearing Loss - Sudden Deafness
More people lose their hearing suddenly than you might think.
Cochlear Implant Cost
Why does a cochlear implant cost so much? Here are the factors influencing the total cost of a cochlear implant.
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.
Helping Deaf People with Mental and Emotional...
Accessible mental health services for deaf people can be difficult to find.
Internet Relay Services
A comparison of internet relay services for the deaf and hard of hearing.
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?
FM Listening Systems
FM systems are an essential educational listening tool for deaf and hard of hearing children.
Profile of William C. Stokoe, Jr.
Profile of Dr. William C. Stokoe, Jr. whose research proved sign language is a true language.
Sign Language Basics
Learn about sign language, its different flavors, and ways to have fun with sign language.
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 Fun - Glad to Be Deaf
Reasons to be glad to be deaf (or, benefits of being deaf).
Deaf History - Segregation - Deaf Schools
Segregation was a fact of deaf school life from the nineteenth century well into the twentieth century.
Marlee Matlin - An Interview with Marlee Matlin
An interview with Marlee Matlin, an actress who is deaf.
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.
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.
Signing Games
Forum members answer a question about sign language games for learning sign language. Page 3.
Jobs - Career Choices - Work in Deaf World or...
Deaf people choose whether to work in the deaf world or the hearing world.
My Cochlear Implant Story - Part One
My own experience of getting a cochlear implant.
Deaf Culture - Deaf Theatre
Deaf theatre past and present, education in deaf theatre, resources on deaf theatre, and deaf playwrights.
Sign Language - Letters U through Y
Fingerspell the letter X. Deafness. Page 4.
What Is Ear Candling?
Ear candling is said to be a means of removing ear wax.
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.
Deaf Culture Quiz
A mini quiz for testing your knowledge of deaf culture and deaf heritage.
People - Deanne Bray - Deaf Actress and...
Deanne Bray, a deaf actress, stars in Sue Thomas, F.B.Eye, on the Pax channel.
Hearing Aids - Insurance for Hearing Aids
Insurance coverage for hearing aids, or the lack thereof.
Hearing Aids - Types
A wide variety of hearing aids are available.
Mumps Can Lead to Deafness
Mumps effects include deafness. Although the mumps have largely been reduced, the virus still exists.

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