Archive | January, 2013

Infrasonic Experiments

Today, I’ll “go around the bend” here and bring up something unusual that I had touched on earlier; infrasound and elephants. This time I will look at how infrasound affects humans from experiments conducted on human subjects. 20Hz is considered the bottom limit of the frequency range of human hearing. When pure sine waves are […]

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Noise Pollution

It seems to be that noise pollution is all around us. Hearing people generally have no escape from it unless they take steps to mitigate it. You can be near construction work sites for some time. An airport is nearby, or railroad tracks are close by. Maybe you live in a unhealthy, crime-ridden area where […]

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Martha’s Vineyard Sign Language

We’ll be looking at Martha’s Vineyard Sign Language (MVSL), as it was one of several major parts that came together with French Sign Language (FSL) and various “home sign” systems elsewhere to form American Sign Language (ASL). MVLS originated because of very unusual circumstances arising out of hereditary deafness. It can be traced back to […]

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Deafness 1,000 Years Ago

What was life like for a deaf person, with NO or at most partial access to language, knowledge, history, and culture, the important parts of civilization? If I had been deaf, I would not have participated in a lot of things I do every day. In Greek times, the deaf were not allowed to hold […]

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Music I Listen To

I have listened to music for 35-plus years. What I listen to is necessarily a reflection of my hearing abilities. I have bilateral sensorineural loss in the profound category, so I have to wear the strongest power hearing aids available. My hearing is very rudimentary, in that I don’t have the ability to discern smallest […]

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Hearing Behaviors

I’m just thinking about how hard it is for those of us with hearing aids and speech to function in the hearing world. Hard enough as it is when we have to guess at what people with unfamiliar or hard-to-understand accents in noisy environments are saying, it doesn’t end there. It can be made worse […]

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Australian Sign Language (Auslan)

Today, I’m looking at Australian Sign Language (Auslan) and New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) together, as they are really technically considered two of three major dialects of British Sign Language. You have British, Australian, and New Zealand Sign Language (BAZNSL) as the “family.” They share the grammar, two-handed manual alphabet from Braidwood’s method, and a […]

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Auditory Brainstem Implant Approved By FDA

For those who are born without a hearing nerve or cochlea, there is now a solution approved by the FDA — Auditory Brainstem Implant (ABI). Basically, the ABI is a prosthetic hearing device that stimulate neurons inside the human brainstem, and it was developed by House Research Institute in Los Angeles, CA. The United States […]

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Standing Up for Yourself

I was over at a blog written by Jeannette Johnson of The Deaf Edge. She had the foresight (I mean, who wouldn’t help?!) to post to her blog the difficulties experienced by this student who was being denied the opportunity to teach because she needed interpreters to teach classes, and request that her readers respond […]

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